Apple has dominated last week’s titles all over the news with the launch of the iPad Pro. It states that with the new iPad Pro you no longer need a laptop, just add a keyboard and a stylus and you are done, but it still runs on iOS, a mobile platform, like other iPads already on the market. The iPad Pro is bigger and Apple hopes that this feature, along with the high end characteristics of the device will attract some new customers. iPads are meant to be portable. So what is the point of making something this size when for around the same price you can buy the Chromebook Pixel or even a MacBook Air? And that’s before you consider that Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 is now widely available and that said hybrid machine, like the MacBook Air and Pixel, to an extent, run a full-fat desktop OS.
Now let’s take a look at Apple’s iPad Pro biggest competitor, the Surface Pro, a Windows 10 tablet from Microsoft. The Surface Pro 4, which is available from today, looks to be an absolute productivity monster.
Thinner than the Surface Pro 3 at 8.4mm, the 12.3-inch tablet will have a 267-ppi display with PixelGlass technology – supporting 1024 levels of pressure. The top-end version of the tablet will come with 16GB RAM and 1TB storage, powered by a 6th generation Core i7 Intel processor. This will make the Surface Pro 4, 30% faster than last year’s model and over 50% faster than Apple’s MacBook Air.
The Surface Pro, as most new edition mobile products, thinner and lighter than its predecessors, weighing 766g and measuring 292x201x8.4mm. It packs a bigger, 12.4 inch display, with a higher 2736×1824 pixel resolution. This means that the existing Surface Pro 3 accessories are still compatible with the new model, so you can use the new keyboard with a Surface 3, or a Surface 3 keyboard with the new Surface Pro 4 – you just won’t get some of the new features, like the fingerprint scanner, if you use the older kit.
The Surface Pro 4 packs some pretty high-end processor hardware with a new Intel SkyLake chipset family including both Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7 chip options, which Microsoft says gives 50% faster performance than a MacBook Air, as well as an uplift in speeds over the previous Surface model.
In terms of connectivity, the Surface Pro 4 is really not much different from the Surface Pro 3, with WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, a full-sized USB port and a microSD card port. The only downside is that Microsoft has opted not to offer 4G capability even as an option, and there’s no support for the new USB Type-C port connector either, meaning if you were to pick up one of the new Windows 10 Lumia phones you would need a separate charger for each. It’s a proprietary charging port for the Surface Pro 4 once again.