Leaked price list hints Apple’s iPad Mini will go up from $300 to $800

by Doug Drinkwater

October 15 2012

Apple's iPad Mini is expected to be announced later this month
Apple's iPad Mini is expected to be announced later this month

Apple's iPad Mini could represent something of a headache for Microsoft's Surface RT and more expensive Android tablets, if a leaked inventory list from a consumer electronics retailer is to be believed.

A new report claims that Apple’s 7.85-inch iPad Mini will come in 16 different memory and wireless configurations.

This information comes from MobileGeeks (website is in German), which allegedly received the screen shot from the internal inventory system of Media Market, Europe’s largest electronics retailer.

The screenshot would suggest that the iPad Mini will start from €249 (approximately $320) for a WiFi-only 8GB model, with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB WiFi models costing €349 ($450), €449 ($580) and €549 ($710) respectively.

Contrary to earlier reports, cellular models will also be available from 16GB up to 64GB, with the latter selling for around $840 (much likely with 4G LTE). The inventory list also reveals the tablet will be available in black and white across all configurations.

Although the sheet doesn’t confirm it, it is logical to think that these prices will absorb the 19% value-added-tax (VAT) charged in Europe.

These prices would certainly frighten some of Apple's rivals, not least Microsoft which is expected to launch its Surface tablet with Windows RT for around $300. Meanwhile, the more expensive versions of the Mini could cause concerns for 'premium' Android tablet vendors like Samsung and Asus.

In recent weeks, the most believable iPad Mini rumors would have us believe that the tablet will have a 7.85-inch iPad 2 display (1024 x 768 resolution), with the model reportedly set to debut at a launch event on October 23.

Asian OEM vendors also claim that Apple will sell 10 million units in Q4, which is roughly twice what Amazon is said to have ordered for the new Kindle Fire.

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