Apple iPad mini with Retina Display vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7: Spec comparison

Apple launched its new iPad mini with Retina Display last week, and Cupertino’s slate will be compared to every compact tablet out there, including the likes of the Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire range.

So here we’re going to see how it stacks up to the Fire HDX 7in, a powerful tablet with an impressively sharp display. What’s more, the HDX has a budget price in line with the Nexus 7 at £199 for the 16GB model, which is £120 less than the iPad mini Retina. Price isn't everything, though, and the new iPad mini's specs are not to be sniffed at.

For starters, the iPad mini has a higher resolution screen than the HDX, finally putting a Retina Display in a 7.9in form factor. While the Kindle Fire HDX’s 1,920 x 1,200 resolution 7in display is no slouch, the iPad mini's 2,048 x 1,536 resolution is slightly better, offering a few more pixels per inch (3 to be precise, so there isn’t exactly a lot in it at 326 ppi versus 323 ppi).

Comparing processors is a tricky business here, even more so now that the iPad mini has Apple's 64-bit A7 processor with M7 coprocessor. Still, the Kindle Fire HDX isn't slow by any means, sporting a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU. In the initial tests with the iPhone 5S against Snapdragon 800-equipped smartphones, the A7 blew the 800 out of the water. The A7 is faster and will probably win in the long run as the iPad gets more 64-bit-optimised apps to further improve performance.

If you want to take snapshots or movies, the iPad mini is the tablet to choose. While both tablets have front-facing cameras for video chats, the Kindle Fire HDX lacks any rear-facing camera. The iPad mini has a 5-megapixel iSight camera capable of 1080p video recording. The Kindle Fire HDX, on the other hand, boasts a better stated battery life of 11 hours of general use or 17 hours of reading only, compared to the iPad mini's stated 10 hours of battery life.

For networking, the iPad mini and Kindle Fire HDX are neck and neck, with both sporting dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi and extensive LTE options for their 4G models. In terms of size, the HDX isn’t quite as tall, and a touch less wide too, but the iPad mini is a tad thinner. The iPad weighs just a touch more – 28 grams to be precise.

For more on these tablets, see our review of the Fire HDX 7in, and we’ve got a hands-on with the iPad mini Retina (the review will be coming soon). You might also want to have a read of our spec comparisons between the iPad mini Retina and iPad Air, the iPad Air versus the iPad 4, and the iPad Air pitted against the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition).

Kindle Fire HDX 7

Apple iPad mini Retina

Display

Screen size

7in

7.9in

Resolution

1,920 x 1,200 pixels

2,048 x 1,536 pixels

Pixel density

323 PPI

326 PPI

Type

IPS LCD

IPS LCD

Processor and battery

Family

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800

Apple A7

Cores

Quad-core

Dual-core

Clock speed

2.2GHz

TBC

Battery

Claimed 11 hrs life

Claimed 10 hrs life

Storage and memory

Internal memory

16 / 32 / 64GB

16 / 32 / 64 / 128GB

Card slot

No

No

RAM

2GB

TBC

Camera

Megapixels

Front: 720p

Rear: No camera

Front: 1.2MP

Rear: 5MP

Video

720p

720p

Dimensions

Size

186 x 128 x 9mm

200 x 134.7 x 7.5mm

Weight

303g (Cellular model: 311g)

331g (Cellular model: 341g)

Operating System

Fire OS 3.0 (based on Android 4.2.2)

iOS 7

Price

Wi-Fi: £199 (16GB); £229 (32GB); £259 (64GB)

Wi-Fi + Cellular: £269 (16GB); £299 (32GB); £329 (64GB)

Wi-Fi: £319 (16GB); £399(32GB); £479 (64GB); £559 (128GB)

Wi-Fi + Cellular: £419 (16GB); £499 (32GB); £579 (64GB); £659 (128GB)

UK Availability

13 November

Late November