The iPad Mini press event is only 5 days away, and as anticipation increases about the launch the blogosphere has turned its attention away from the press event and started trying to figure out when we might get our hands on Apple’s newest tablet.

This kind of speculation is the favorite hobby of gadget bloggers, and sometimes our sources oblige us with real info. Geeky Gadgets is reporting today that the iPad Mini will be on store shelves the week after next:

Our source, who is someone close to a major UK retailer, and has been reliable in the past, has told us that Apple will start selling the new iPad Mini on Friday the 2nd of November, the device will be available in the US And UK on this date, possibly some other countries as well.

The iPad Mini will go up for pre-order on the same week it is announced, possibly Friday the 26th of October, although our source was not 100 percent sure this would be the exact pre-order date.

While I don’t have any solid info to back this up, it does seem likely to be true – assuming Apple does unveil the iPad Mini next week. This tablet is expected to have a 7.85″ screen with a retail starting around $250 for an 8GB model. Let’s see if that comes true.