FACTBOX-How the Apple iPad mini matches up vs Nexus, Fire HD

SAN JOSE, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Apple Inc unveiled an 8-inch version ``iPad mini'' to compete with smaller tablets including Amazon.com Inc's Kindle and Google Inc's Nexus 7 but will sell it at a higher-than-expected price of $329. The iPad mini marks Apple's first foray into a smaller-tablet market already staked out by rivals who have seen success in selling 7-inch tablets for $200. The following is a side-by-side comparison of their physical hardware:

iPad mini Nexus 7 Fire HD Base price $329 $199 $199 Storage 16,32,64 GB 8,16 GB 16,32 GB Screen size 7.9 in 7 in 7 in Thickness 7.2 mm 10.5 mm 10.3 mm Display 1024x768 1280x800 1280x800 Processor Apple Nvidia TI Speed N/A 1.2 Ghz 1.2 Ghz Battery 10 hours 8 hours 11 hours Camera 1.2 megapixel 1.2 mp 1.3 mp Memory N/A 1 GB 1 GB Weight 308g 340g 394g

Sources: Company news releases and websites.

(Reporting By Noel Randewich; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)