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iPad Pro vs. Microsoft Surface Pro 3 – The Battle Between Two Premium Tablets

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The Surface Pro is no longer the only tablet with a detachable keyboard and a stylus, because Apple followed in the footsteps of Microsoft and released a 12.9-inch premium tablet which supports multi-tasking. Let’s see how the iPad Pro stacks against the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.

iPad Pro

The iPad Pro was unveiled a few days ago, but many were surprised when they realized that the tablet resembles the Surface Pro 3 in many areas. The Apple tablet can be transformed into a portable laptop, but it offers a better performance than many computers that have been released lately. This tablet is larger than the standard iPads, offering a generous Retina screen sized at 12.9-inch which supports a resolution of 2048 x 2732 pixels with 265 ppi.

The iPad Pro weights 713 grams (WiFi model) or 723 grams (LTE) and its dimensions are 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9 mm. The chassis is made of aluminum – nothing unusual so far, it has four speakers on each side to boost the surround sound effect, and on the front panel is placed the popular rounded home button with a fingerprint scanner integrated into it. Remember that you’ll get an Apple Pencil with which you’ll be able to take notes directly to the screen.

The rear camera has a resolution of 8MP, but it lacks the most needed feature – LED flash, so you won’t be able to take photos in the dark. The front camera is 1.2MP and has the same capabilities as the secondary camera from the iPhone 6. Regarding the performance, we agree that it was radically improved, thanks to the new Apple A9X processor which couples with an M9 co-processor. Apple claims that it will be 1.8 times faster than the previous A8X, especially because it’s backed by 4GB of RAM. It’s interesting that the tablet is available in only two storage options: 32 and 128GB.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

This premium tablet which runs on Windows 10 has a smaller eDP ClearType HD screen sized at 12-inch, which support a resolution of 2160×1440 pixels with 216 ppi, but you can connect up to three external displays, even to a TV, by using the Mini DisplayPort output. Its chassis is made of a magnesium alloy, the front has dual speakers and there is a docking station, which includes five USB ports, an additional Mini DisplayPort, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a 3.5 mm audio socket.

The tablet is powered by a dual core Intel Haswell processor available in three options: i3 with HD 4200 graphics, i5 with HD 4400 graphics and i7 with HD 5000 graphics. The tablet supports 4GB of RAM for the weaker configurations (i3 with 64GB of storage and i5 with 128GB of storage), while the rest of the variants support 8GB of RAM (i5 with 256GB of storage, i7 with 256GB of storage and i7 with 512GB of storage). Microsoft added a microSD slot, which means that you can increase the memory capacity up to 200GB.

As for the cameras, both support a resolution of 5MP and they also lack LED flash. The tablet measures 290x201x9.1mm, it weights 800 grams and it comes with a stylus, but the detachable keyboard cover isn’t included, so you’ll spend $129 on it.

The cheapest configuration of the Surface Pro 3 costs 799 dollars, while the model with the best specs is 1000 dollars more expensive. The 32GB variant of the iPad Pro costs also 799 dollars, while the 128GB variant costs 1,348 dollars with the Smart Keyboard cover and Apple Pencil.