updated 04:01 pm EST, Mon November 18, 2013
Unlikely to bother most Mini buyers
The Retina iPad mini has a narrower color gamut next to tablets like the Nexus 7, and even the iPad Air, a number of reviewers are observing. Gamut refers to the range of colors a display can handle. In tests the Retina Mini appears to have the same gamut as its non-Retina predecessor -- about 62-63 percent -- versus the 100 percent color accuracy on full-sized Retina iPads. Even less expensive tablets such as the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX 7 are capable of broader colors than the Mini, DisplayMate points out.
The difference is unlikely to affect most potential Mini buyers, since a display can still look attractive without a large gamut. It suggests, however, that Apple may be continuing to cut corners with the Mini. The tablet otherwise shares the same resolution as the iPad Air, as well as the same processor; that resolution in fact gives the Mini a higher pixel density than the Air.