Apple iPad 2 Launched in India – is 33% Thinner and 15% Lighter than Original iPad

Just over a month after the initial launch of the next generation iPad in US market, Apple has today introduced the revolutionary next generation Apple iPad 2 Tablet, in India market. Featuring an entirely new design that is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, the new iPad 2 still maintains the same stunning 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen.


According to the press release the Apple iPad 2 would be available across India from select Apple product resellers at 9 am onwards today. The cheapest model with 16GB internal storage and without 3G has been priced at Rs 29,500 while the top model with 64GB internal storage and 3G along with WiFi will be available for Rs 46,900.

The new iPad 2 is Apple’s magical device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading ebooks and much more.

Featuring an entirely new design that is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, the new iPad 2 maintaining the same 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen.

Just like in Motorola’s recently launched Xoom Tablet, the new Apple iPad 2 features Apple’s new dual-core 1GHz A5 processor for blazing fast performance and now includes two digital cameras – a front-facing VGA resolution camera with video recording capability in up to 30fps for FaceTime video calling and Photo Booth, and a rear-facing 5 megapixel camera that is capable of 720p HD video recording in 30fps also offering 5x digital zoom.

The iPad 2 users can now make FaceTime calls using front-facing and rear-facing camera to any iPhone 4, iPod touch and Mac users anywhere where over the WiFi network and it also features a Photo Booth application that lets users apply fun visual effects, including eight photo special effects like Squeeze, Twirl and Kaleidoscope, to photos captured by either camera.

The new Apple iPad 2 comes with iOS 4.3, which is the latest version Apple’s mobile operating system, with new features including faster Safari mobile browsing performance; iTunes Home Sharing; enhancements to AirPlay; the choice to use the iPad side switch to either lock the screen rotation or mute audio; and Personal Hotspot to share an iPhone 4 cellular data connection over Wi-Fi.

In addition, Apple iPad 2 also features a built-in gyro for advanced gaming; HSUPA support for enhanced 3G upload speeds on iPad 2 WiFi + 3G on AT&T, and HDMI Video Mirroring in full 1080p HD that lets users mirror their iPad screen on an HDTV using an optional adaptor.

The new Apple iPad 2 is capable of running almost all of the over 350,000 apps available on the App Store and there are more than 65,000 native iPad apps available from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel.

The new Apple iPad 2 Tablet can provide up to 10 hours of battery life  and would initially be available in black or white with the innovative iPad 2 Smart Cover in a range of vibrant polyurethane and rich leather colors.

Key Features

  • 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip
  • Wi-Fi + 3G model: UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS
  • 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch
  • Rear-facing camera: Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still camera with 5x digital zoom
  • Front-facing camera: Video recording, VGA up to 30 frames per second with audio; VGA-quality still camera
  • Built-in 25-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or music playback
  • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using 3G data network

Price & Availability

The cheapest model of iPad 2 Tablet features 16GB internal storage with WiFi but without 3G connectivity is priced for Rs. 29,500, while a model with 32GB internal storage with WiFi and without 3G is priced for 34,500. The top model with 64GB internal storage with WiFi but without 3G will be available for Rs 39,500.

The Apple iPad 2 Tablet with WiFi and 3G is priced for Rs. 36,900 for 16GB internal storage while same model with 32GB internal storage is priced for Rs. 41,900. The top model with 3G and WiFi is priced for Rs. 46,900 with 64GB internal storage.

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