The New iPad: Same Battery Life, Same Price, Slightly Thickerby Anand Lal Shimpi on March 7, 2012 1:38 PM EST
Apple delivered the final details of the new iPad. It will be available on March 16th at the same prices as its predecessor (starting at $499 for WiFi). Preorders start today. Capacities up to 64GB will be available and there are the same two color options (black and white). As we already announced it will use Apple's A5X SoC - likely a dual-core Cortex A9 based chip with a PowerVR SGX543MP4.
To accommodate the higher resolution display the new iPad is thicker at 9.4mm vs 8.8mm for its predecessor. The new iPad weighs in at 652 grams, slightly heavier than the 601 grams of the iPad 2. Battery life remains unchanged at 10 hours and Apple is claiming 9 hours of battery life on LTE. I suspect Qualcomm's 28nm LTE baseband is to thank for that.
Update: Apple has confirmed the new iPad's battery capacity has increased significantly from 25Whr to 42.5Whr, explaining how Apple was able to maintain 10 hours of battery life despite a significant increase in power consumption on the display side.