Apple has unveiled the iPad Mini 5 from their iPad series. At first glance, this new iPad Mini looks similar to the Mini 4. So is it worth upgrading to the next-generation iPad Mini?

When comparing its specs and new additions, the iPad Mini 5 definitely looks like a better choice over the iPad Mini 4. The new iPad Mini 5 is slightly heavier than the previous model by around 1.5 grams, which most users won’t feel when using this new device.

The iPad Mini 5 also has stronger hardware for processing and machine learning which allow the newer device to process apps faster. Aside from its weight and hardware, the new iPad Mini 5 also offers storage variants that range from 64GB to 256GB.

The iPad mini 5 supports a faster wi-fi ac and gigabit LTE support for internet connectivity. It also has Bluetooth 5.0, while the iPad Mini 4 has 4.0. In addition, the new device supports first-generation Apple Pencil, while the iPad mini 4 has no Apple Pencil support.

Lastly, the iPad Mini also made a large leap in cameras for the fifth iteration as it has a 8MP f/2.4 lens for its rear camera. Meanwhile, it has a 7MP lens for its front camera. The new device supports use of fancy social media photo features such as Live photos and can also record full HD videos.

However, the great features come at a great price as the new iPad starts at $399, much more expensive compared to the iPad Mini 4’s $249-$275 price tag. The new tablet costs around the same price as one of Apple’s laptops, which could potentially encourage buyers to purchase that device instead of the iPad Mini 5.

So far, Apple has yet to fully reveal their device lineup for this year. The iPhone 11 has been confirmed, but we have yet to receive any concrete info about its new features.

Potentially, the iPad Mini 5 may have a new variant released with a lower price tag in the future or Apple could introduce a similar product line that would be cheaper than $399.

For now, we’ll have to wait for Apple to reveal more about the iPad Mini 5 in the coming months.