Processors And Memory
Apple has the edge over Samsung in terms of available memory configurations. The iPad mini comes in 16-, 32- and 64-GB editions while Galaxy offers 8-, 16- and 32-GB editions, but it can achieve 64 GB by adding a 32-GB SD card to the high-end unit. As for processors, the iPad is built around Apple's venerable A5, a custom SoC with two ARM Cortex-A9 cores running at 1.0GHz with a NEON SIMD instruction accelerator and a pair of PowerVR GPU cores. That's the same one found in the iPad 2. The Galaxy Tab 2 sports an OMAP 4430 SoC from TI running at 1.0GHz with two ARM Cortex-A9 cores and two Cortex-M3 cores with SIMD accelerator plus a PowerVR 3D graphics accelerator.