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A few weeks ago, reports began rolling in that the iPad mini may not come with a rear camera, and now there’s another speculation that only Wi-Fi models will be available.  Most people are expecting the mini to be between USD $200 to $300, so a camera-less and cellular-less tablet probably won’t be too much of a downer for budget conscious gadget lovers.

A few weeks ago, reports began rolling in that the iPad mini may not come with a rear camera, and now there’s another speculation that only Wi-Fi models will be available.  Most people are expecting the mini to be between USD $200 to $300, so a camera-less and cellular-less tablet probably won’t be too much of a downer for budget conscious gadget lovers.

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Apple isn’t known for adapting to thrifty-minded consumers, so if it really wants to compete with Amazon’s upcoming Kindle and Google’s Nexus 7, then consumers are expecting to see some “bang for your bucks” features.  The Nexus 7 has a 1.2MP front camera, and although it’s nothing spectacular, a similar feature on an iPad mini may help to entice more people to consider snatching one up.

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The upcoming base model Kindle Fire will go for as low as $159, but the catch is that people will have to deal with ads popping up here and there.  Even if it means slashing off a few dollars, Apple will most likely not compromise price over user friendliness.

So how does Apple intend to make the iPad mini a viable budget slate?  The secret sauce to the success of many Apple products is the marketing, and there’s no doubt that the Cupertino-based company will pull out all the stops to give the iPad mini the best chance at competing with other 7-inchers.

No rear camera and no cellular chip, yep, sounds like a budget slate alright.