With the reveal of iPad Pro, Apple has once again raised the bar for tablets. However, Apple is not alone in the market as there have been a few recent product launches by competitors. Microsoft revealed the Surface Pro 6 on October 3rd, 2018. Google revealed the Pixel Slate alongside the Pixel 3 on October 9th, 2018. Each of the product feature their own strengths and weaknesses. Let’s see how these stack up against Apple’s new iPad Pro.
Microsoft introduced Surface Pro 6 and Surface Dial together. The Surface Dial is the real attention grabber here. It is a peripheral designed to help navigate menus and shortcuts seamlessly between a large number of apps in Windows 10. Surface Pro 6 got some specification bumps, but nothing that can be considered a major overhaul. It still does not have support USB-C which shows Microsoft’s thinking behind the product.
The Pixel Slate shook the Android tablet market by being the first Chrome OS tablet. Google has implemented the Android OS into their tablets since the beginning so the new operating system is a pleasant surprise. This new OS helps deliver a true tablet look and feel and brings it on par with the Surface Pro as a functional two-in-one device. It also supports Android apps which open up the device to a huge app ecosystem. Accessories like the Pixel Slate Keyboard and Pen also help enhance the user experience.
The new iPad Pro is the definition of disruptive. It comes in an 11-inch and a 12.9-inch display variant. It is the first iPad to do away with thick bezels around the display and the iconic Home button. Apple Added FaceID authentication through their proprietary TrueDepth Camera technology. It is powered by an A12X Bionic chip which is reported to be faster than the one on iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max. It also works seamlessly with the new Apple Pencil which attaches magnetically to the iPad Pro and charges wirelessly from it.
The table below should help give you a better idea about what each tablet offers. We have looked at all the possible factors that can influence a purchase like this.
|iPad Pro 11-inch||iPad Pro 12.9-inch||Microsoft Surface Pro 6||Google Pixel Slate|
|Dimensions||9.7 x 7.0 x 0.23 inches||11.0 x 8.5 x 0.23 inches||11.5 x 7.9 x 0.33 inches||11.5 x 8.0 x 0.27 inches|
|Weight||1.0 lb.||1.4 lbs.||1.7 lb.||1.6 lb.|
|Display||11-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors (Liquid Retina Display)||12.9-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors (Liquid Retina Display) || |
12.3-inch PixelSense display
|12.3-inch Molecular display|
|Resolution||2,388×1,668-pixel resolution (264ppi)||2,732×2,048 resolution (264 ppi)||3,000×2,000 resolution (293 ppi)||2,736×1,824 resolution (267 ppi)|
|OS||iOS 12||iOS 12||Windows 10 Home||Chrome OS|
|Processor||A12X Bionic (7nm)||A12X Bionic (7nm)||Intel® Core™ 8th Gen i5 or i7||Intel® Core™ m 8th Gen i5 or i7|
|GPU||Apple GPU (7-core graphics)||Apple GPU (7-core graphics)||Intel® UHD Graphics 620 (i5)|
Intel® UHD Graphics 620 (i7)
|Memory||TBC / 6GB (1TB Variant)||TBC / 6GB |
|8GB / 16GB||4GB/ 8 GB / 16GB|
|Storage Options||64/256/512 GB or 1 TB, 6GB RAM|
|64/256/512 GB or 1 TB, 6 GB RAM|
|Solid-state drive (SSD) options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB|| |
Solid-state drive (SSD) options: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
|Back Camera||12 MP, f/1.8, 1/3″, PDAF||12 MP, f/1.8, 1/3″, PDAF||8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p full HD video||8 megapixel, ƒ/1.8 aperture, 1.12μm pixel size, Autofocus|
|Front Camera||7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm (standard)||7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm (standard)||Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)|
5.0MP front-facing camera
|8 megapixel, ƒ/1.9 aperture, 1.4μm pixel size, wide field of view|
|Video Recording||2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps||2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps||1080p Skype HD video||1080p @ 30FPS|
|Ports||USB-C, Smart Connector||USB-C, Smart Connector||1 x full-size USB 3.0,|
3.5 mm headphone jack,
1 x Surface Connect port,
Surface Type Cover port,
MicroSDXC card reader.
Compatible with Surface Dial
|Two USB-Cs for charging, 4K display output and quicker data transfer|
|Battery||Up to 10 hours||Up to 10 hours||Up to 13.5 hours||Up to 10 hours|
|Smart Assistant||Siri||Siri||Cortana||Google Assistant|
|SIM/eSIM Support||Nano-SIM/ Electronic SIM card (Apple e-SIM)||Nano-SIM/ Electronic SIM card (Apple e-SIM)||N/A||N/A|
|Price (Base models)||$799||$999||$899||$599|
|Keyboard||Smart Keyboard $179||Smart Keyboard $199||Surface Pro Signature Type Cover $159||Pixel Slate Keyboard $199|
|Stylus||Apple Pencil 2 $129||Apple Pencil 2 $129||Surface Pen $99||Google Pixelbook Pen $99|
To summarize, each tablet has their own merits. It all comes down to your personal preferences and expectations from a tablet device. You might also want to consider the ecosystem that you are already invested in before making your purchase decision.
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