Thailand’s online Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) store has reportedly started taking pre-orders for the iPad mini with shipping dates quoted at two weeks, even though it is not enlisted in the 34 countries taking part in the launch of the new Apple tablet.
Several readers of AppleInsider have reported that iPad mini preorders have gone live in Thailand. A quick check with the Online Apple Store in Thailand has confirmed that the device is up for sale.
The shipping estimates indicate that Apple is preparing for the launch of the 7.9 inch tablet in more countries within the next two weeks, although everything is being speculated.
It must be taken note of that Thailand pre-orders are kept under pending status, most probably in reference to the National Telecommunications Commission.
The Wi-Fi + Cellular version is not available for presale even though the Wi-Fi only models are. Apple only mentions that the unit is not available instead of estimated ship duration.
Apple’s iPad mini was released at a special event held at the end of October. It comes with a 7.9 inch display, A5 processor and stereo speakers. It measures 7.2 mm thin and weighs about 0.68 pounds. The tablet also flaunts a thin bezel. It features the same resolution as the iPad 2.
iPad mini supports dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity and channel bonding that can reach download speed up to 150 mbps. The tablet comes with the Siri functionality that can be accessed through cellular data as well as Wi-Fi connectivity. Additionally, the device has its own Smart Cover that does not come with a separate aluminum hinge.
FaceTime HD Camera, LTE connectivity and a new Lightning Connector are some of the highlights of the iPad mini. It operates on the thinnest battery that the company has ever made. It is supposed to provide up to 10 hours of battery life.