Galaxy TabPro S vs iPad Air 3: 12-inch tablets do battle

(Samsung)Galaxy TabPro S

With the arrival of the new year comes highly anticipated new generation devices from tech giants such as Samsung and Apple, among them are the next in line tablets dubbed as Galaxy TabPro S and iPad Air 3.

Galaxy TabPro S came as a surprise when it was unveiled during the Consumer Electronics Show. It is expected to be a hybrid tablet that is portable, lightweight, and accompanied by full-sized keyboard reportedly covered by its own touchpad. The cover can also function as a kickstand when the device is oriented in tablet mode. The dimension is listed at 11.5 inches x 7.8 inches x 0.24 inches and weighs 1.5 pounds. It has two color options, black and silver or white and silver.

The screen measures at 12.9 inches and features Super AMOLED technology with the resolution of 2160 x 1440 with density of 216 pixel-per-inch.

Meanwhile, the iPad Air 3 may also have a keyboard and a stand cover as accessories. The dimension is assumed to be similar to its predecessor, only with a thinner profile and minor tweaks.

(Apple)The Apple iPad Air 2

Under the hood, president and head of Samsung's Mobile Communications Business Dongjin Ko has teased that the Galaxy TabPro S, "balances the best of Samsung's Galaxy Tab with the wealth of features on the Windows 10 operating system for the most advanced tablet experience on the market."

It will be powered by sixth generation Intel Core M chipset, partnered with 4GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB built-in memory. The device will also support LTE Cat 6 connectivity.

On the other hand, iPad Air 3 may have the latest A9X processor paired with at either 2GB or 4GB RAM with three variants of memory - 16GB, 32GB and 128GB. It may also run on the new operating system from Apple and the other specifications are said to be focused on enhancing performance and longer battery life.

It remains to be seen how the two will fare against each other as iPad Air 3 is yet to be launched.

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