The new iPad, which for some strange reasons is not been called iPad 3, went on sale in India, just about a month and a half since it went on sale in The US and nine other countries in March 2012, and is now available for the starting price of Rs. 30,500 for a base model with 16GB storage and WiFi only data connectivity.
Besides India, the new iPad tablet goes on sale in 8 other countries that includes Colombia, Estonia, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, South Africa, and Thailand, making the new iPad been available in 55 countries worldwide.
The new iPad is the third iteration of Apple’s tablet device which features the stunning-new Retina display, similar to the one found on the iPhone 4S. The new display features a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels (higher than a 1080p TV at 1920×1080).
The new iPad is powered by Apple’s A5X processor with quad-core graphics and includes battery life remains the same as the iPad 2 with 10 hours in standard, nine with 4G enabled.
The new iPad also features a higher-powered 5.0-megapixel rear-facing camera with advanced optics to allow similar quality pictures as the iPhone 4S. The new iPad can also record video at full 1080p HD resolution at 30fps.
The new iPad 3 also includes voice-recognition technology, similar to Siri on the iPhone 4S, allowing voice dictation of documents and consumers have the option to buy the new iPad in black or white with 16, 32, or 64 GB of memory, and can choose a model that works only on wi-fi or on both wi-fi and 4G.
In India, Bharti Airtel has recently launched country’s first 4G network in Kolkata this month and is now rapidly expanding the network to Bangalore, Pune and Chandigarh in the coming months.
But the Indian networks are powered by a different radio spectrum band than the ones used by the 4G iPad, which is supported only on the networks of a handful of U.S. and Canadian carriers. As a result, the new iPad would work only on 3G network like iPad 2.
The new iPad tablet device is priced between 30,500 rupees and 50,900 rupees in the Indian market depending on the variant and there are six of them for now with a further choice between black and white colours in each variant.
The Wi-Fi model is retailing for Rs. 30500 (with 16GB), Rs. 36500 (with 32GB), and Rs. 42500 (with 64GB), while the Wi-Fi+4G models are being sold for Rs. 38900 (with 16GB), Rs. 44900 (with 32GB), and Rs. 50900 (with 64GB).
Incidently, Apple continue to sell in India its older iPad 2 at a discounted pricing starting at Rs. 24,500 for a 16Gb WiFi model.