Apple’s iPad Mini release date for the Hong Kong market has officially arrived, with the entry-level Wi-Fi only spec carrying a price-tag of US$334 – slightly up from the $320 payable in the States.
Just as was the case with the iPhone 5 launch in Hong Kong, those looking to get their hands on the iPad Mini were required to register online through something of a lottery, which may or may not in turn allow them to buy a maximum of two devices on launch day. The move was decided to prevent the usual scenes of hysteria and in some instances violence, which proved to be a success with a generally agreeable iPhone 5 launch.
There is one rather striking difference however as while the iPhone 5 sold out in a heartbeat and is still unavailable for purchase via dozens of Hong Kong outlets, the iPad Mini is still in stock all over the place and in large quantities.
Exactly the same also happens to be the case for the iPad 4, which again was offered via the online lottery system and is still widely available today. What this appears to translate to is a relatively tepid response to both the iPad Mini and the iPad 4 – much as is the case back in the US.
Ever since the specs, features and price-points of the iPad Mini were unveiled by Apple last month, consumers and critics in droves have been questioning the value of the tablet when compared to the $199 Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7 – both of which feature higher-resolution screens.
It would appear therefore that the same sentiments may have been shared all across the world’s key markets, where years of hype and anticipation have been met with a product not quite living up to its epic reputation.