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The iPad mini 2’s screen compares unfavourably with the iPad air, according to tests quantifying the number of colours the tablets display.

A study conducted by Anandtech found that although Apple has upped the pixel count significantly this time around, the iPad mini 2’s colour gamut is identical to the first edition from 2012.

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The site also calculated that the iPad mini 2 features less impressive sRGB coverage. The upshot is that it struggles to replicate certain colours as vividly as the iPad air.

That’s despite the fact that Apple’s second tilt at a micro-tablet has been upgraded in the screen stakes and now packs the same high-density Retina Display as its big brother.

And in something of a marketing snafu, it’s not just the iPad air it compares unfavourably with. The iPad mini 2 also displays fewer colours than budget slate rivals, the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX 8.9.

Anandtech stated: "The display looks really good otherwise, but you don't get the same visual punch you do on the iPad air.

"Compared to the previous generation mini we're obviously talking about a much better panel. But for those of you on the fence between the mini and air, the air does still hold a display advantage."

According to Apple, the Retina Display was the most-wanted iPad mini 2 feature among fanboys. However, the air’s super-slim form factor means it’s made a much larger splash on tech sites and with the Apple faithful.



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