Feature Comparison: iPad Pro Vs Surface Pro 6 Vs Pixel Slate

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.

2018 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-inchiPad Pro 12.9-inchMicrosoft Surface Pro 6Google Pixel Slate
Dimensions9.7 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
Resolution2,388×1,668-pixel resolution (264ppi)2,732×2,048 resolution (264 ppi)3,000×2,000 resolution (293 ppi)2,736×1,824 resolution (267 ppi)
OSiOS 12iOS 12 Windows 10 HomeChrome OS
ProcessorA12X Bionic (7nm)A12X Bionic (7nm)Intel® Core™ 8th Gen i5 or i7
Intel® Core™ m 8th Gen i5 or i7
GPUApple GPU (7-core graphics)Apple GPU (7-core graphics)Intel® UHD Graphics 620 (i5)
Intel® UHD Graphics 620 (i7)
N/A
MemoryTBC / 6GB (1TB Variant) TBC / 6GB 
(1TB Variant)
8GB / 16GB4GB/ 8 GB / 16GB
Storage Options64/256/512 GB or 1 TB, 6GB RAM
(TBC)
64/256/512 GB or 1 TB, 6 GB RAM
(TBC)
Solid-state drive (SSD) options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB

Solid-state drive (SSD) options: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Back Camera12 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 Camera7 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 Recording2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps
2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps1080p Skype HD video1080p @ 30FPS
PortsUSB-C, Smart ConnectorUSB-C, Smart Connector1 x full-size USB 3.0,
3.5 mm headphone jack,
Mini DisplayPort
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
BatteryUp to 10 hoursUp to 10 hoursUp to 13.5 hoursUp to 10 hours
Smart Assistant SiriSiriCortanaGoogle Assistant 
SIM/eSIM Support Nano-SIM/ Electronic SIM card (Apple e-SIM)
Nano-SIM/ Electronic SIM card (Apple e-SIM)N/AN/A
Price (Base models)$799$999$899$599
Keyboard Smart Keyboard $179Smart Keyboard $199Surface Pro Signature Type Cover $159Pixel Slate Keyboard $199
StylusApple Pencil 2 $129Apple Pencil 2 $129Surface Pen $99Google 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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