A Vietnamese site called Tinhte.vn has managed to get the new iPad ahead of schedule, treating us with a video of the device’s unboxing and revealing some previously unknown specifications.
The new iPad — the third-generation device lacks a new name or additional numbers, causing some consternation among us journalists, so we refer to it as “the new iPad” — apparently has 1 GB of RAM memory (up from 512 MB in iPad 2).
Furthermore, its A5X processor ticks at 1 GHz, exactly the same clock speed as the A5 CPU in the iPad 2.
Interestingly enough, the fact that its graphics chip now has four cores wasn’t enough for a big increase in speed, at least according to popular testing software GeekBench, in which the new iPad scored 756. For comparison, the iPad 2 had a GeekBench score of 721, and the original iPad scored 442. We’re guessing that this particular benchmark doesn’t fully tap into the new iPad’s quad-core graphics chip.
The unboxing video (above) is in Vietnamese, but it is quite detailed and will surely be interesting to iPad aficionados, regardless of the possible language barrier.
The New iPad Details Hit Apple.com
The new 9.7-inch iPad has 2048 x 1536-pixel retina display, 5-megapixel camera (with the same optics sensor from the iPhone 4S) and 1080p video recording. It is available March 16 in black and white, powered by A5X chip (with quad-core graphics) and supports 4G LTE networks. It's 9.4 millimeters thick and 1.4 pounds.
Wi-Fi only iPads cost $499 for 16 GB, $599 32 GB and $699 for 64 GB, while 4G versions cost $629 for 16 GB, $729 32 GB and $829 for 64 GB. Pre-orders start today, and the devices will be in stores March 16 in these 10 countries: U.S., UK, Japan, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.