LifeProof Extends Frē Waterproof Case to iPad Mini

LifeProof Fre waterproof case for iPad mini

Coming off the heals of being acquired by OtterBox, LifeProof has extended their Frē product line to the iPad mini. The waterproof and protective case shares many design and style characteristics of the Frē iPhone 5 case but the size and controls have been adopted to the iPad mini. It features the same thin plastic that cover’s the devices screen, and a similar plastic on the back which allows the logo to be visible. This creates a smaller, almost transparent physical profile and allows for a lighter design.

The case carries over similar design elements from the iPhone case including seal, buttons and structure. However, it appears they have made some design improvements on the ringer switch (now a sliding button), the headphone input cover (now an overmolded rubber lanyard) and the camera port (stronger design). The case is rated to the same 2m depth rating as well as a 1.2m (4 foot) drop test rating. Importantly, the case is incredibly thin at 15.9mm, which only 3mm thicker than the iPhone 5 case.

The iPad Mini was released back on November 2nd, 2012 so this case has been a long 7 months in production.

LifeProof Fre waterproof case for iPad mini front back and side

Initial Specifications

  • Height: 8.5 inches (215.9 mm)
  • Width: 5.8″ (147.6 mm)
  • Thickness: 0.6″ (15.9 mm)
  • Weight: 4.64 oz (131.5 g)
  • Depth Rating: 2m
  • Dirt Proof: IP-68 rating
  • Drop Rating: 1.2m / MIL STD 810F-516
  • Camera: front and back
  • Screen Protector: thin plastic (front and back)
  • Volume buttons: Yes
  • Ringer Switch: Yes
  • Headphone: Yes
  • Waterproof Headphone: with adapter
  • Home Button: Yes
  • Charging Port: covered, opens with case on
  • Sealing System: O-ring sandwiched between top / bottom piece
  • Materials: Injection molded plastic, plastic screen, some soft overmolded plastic