With all the iPad Mini rumours that have been swirling around (suspected Oct. 23 release, etc), the one thing we've been missing is info on price. Now, according to a leaked screenshot from Mobile Geeks, we have a potential price point we can sweat over and scrutinise: €249, or $315, for an 8GB, Wi-Fi only iPad Mini.
The image is a screencap of an inventory system used widely in both Europe and Asia. And if you account for the exchange rate, the purported pricing scheme goes like this: start with the $315 (249 Euro) baseline, and add another $125 (100 Euro) if you want to double the storage, and another $125 if you want cellular. It all culminates in a 64GB, 3G model that costs a whopping $820 (€649).
There are two ways this could play out. If you convert the actual prices to US dollars (which is what Apple bases its pricing on anyway), you get the crazy high prices listed above. But if you just change the currency to dollars, (kinda sorta what Apple does with the iPad 3) you get a slightly better skew, but the prices still go up fast.
At $US250, an 8GB iPad Mini isn't that much more than the comparable versions of its competitors the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD. With a 16GB Wi-Fi only model at $US350 however, you're suddenly paying a bit more just to go Apple, when for a lot of people, a cheaper competing tablet would probably work just fine. And the high end is high, but the capacities there exceed what other smaller tablets pack.
For the moment, there's no telling whether or not these price are accurate or how they might relate to the price in American or Australian dollars. But now, as the suspected October 23 announcement date creeps forward, we a possibility to ponder, and stress about. If you're in the market for a tablet maybe its time to give some thought to how price sensitive you should be. [Mobile Geeks via GigaOm]