A report from the Wall Street Journal suggests Asian suppliers have started mass production of components for the iPad Mini. Cited in the WSJ report are LG Display and AU Optronics, both of which are supposedly mass producing 7.85-inch displays for the rumored tablet device.

According to the Wall Street Journal’s sources, Apple has allegedly opted to go with a non-retina display for its smaller iPad. The choice to downgrade the display was supposedly a cost-cutting measure that’ll help keep the price tag of the device competitively low. If these rumors for the iPad Mini pan out, then price will be a major factor as Apple will be competing with the $199 Kindle Fire HD and the $199 Nexus 7 tablet.

Previous rumors suggest the iPad Mini will include a Lightning port, a Nano SIM card slot and an aluminum casing with a thin bezel.

WSJ: iPad mini assembly has begun originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 03 Oct 2012 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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