At least one lucky user has gotten their hands on Apple’s new iPad ahead of the initial launch this Friday, March 16, according to Vietnamese site Tinhte.vn.
The Vietnamese site has a video of the product unboxing (reproduced below). Non-native speakers will have to settle for a visual demonstration, but the interface on the iPad is set to English and clearly shows the new toggle for LTE in the Cellular Data section of Settings. Dozens of additional photos are available at Tinhte.vn.
The site was kind enough to run benchmarks on the iPad, using Primate Labs’s cross-platform Geekbench software. While the results confirm that the new iPad does indeed have 1GB of RAM, it was revealed that the A5X processor remains clocked at 1GHz. The overall Geekbench score therefore remained the same as that of the iPad 2, at approximately 750. Note, however, that Geekbench measures only CPU processing power and does not take into account the improved graphics on the new iPad.
Geekbench results for the new iPad.
Apple will officially launch the “new iPad” March 16 in North America, Western Europe, Australia, Japan, and Hong Kong and on March 23 in most of the remaining European and Asian countries. Initial online preorders have sold out but stock will still be available at launch at Apple Retail stores around the world.