Microsoft Surface Pro 4 vs. Apple iPad Pro: Which tablet is bigger in terms of specs and features?

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Two new powerful tablets were recently unveiled by two of the top tech companies at play right now, Microsoft and Apple. So how does the latter’s iPad Pro fair against the fomer’s Surface Pro 4? Which device is worth the buy, and which one is worth only a try?

Here is a breakdown comparison of the key specs and features of the two tablets. 

Hardware

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 houses the all-new 6th Generation Intel Core processor. It has three variants with the Core m3, Core i5, and the Core i7 processors, boasting not only more power but also a “quieter” performance and a cooler than ever user experience. 

The Apple iPad Pro, on the other hand, runs using the new Apple A9X chipset, a 64-bit processor that has twice the memory bandwidth of the previous generation A8X, and also boasts twice the storage performance speed compared to its predecessors. This is coupled with an M9 motion co-processor.

Microsoft’s laptap-tablet hybrid has a 12.3-inch PixelSense display with a 2736 x 1824 2K resolution. Apple’s large tablet, on the other hand, comes with a 12.9-inch Retina display that renders a 2048 x 2732 pixel resolution with a pixel density of 264 ppi. The display is fully laminated, with a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, and antireflective coating. 

According to each respective processor, the Surface Pro 4 packs 4 GB, 8 GB, or 16 GB RAM, along with 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB worth of SSD storage, respectively. The iPad Pro, on the other hand, has a 4 GB worth of RAM, and two variants of either 32 GB or 128 GB worth of built-in internal storage. However, unlike the Surface Pro 4, no external microSD expansion support is present in the iPad Pro.

New Features

One of the features of the Surface Pro 4 is the Surface Pen, an external pen accessory that now combines 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity with low latency, for a “real pen on paper feeling.” 

Apple, on the other hand, takes pride in the new Apple Pencil, a multi-touch accessibility accessory for the huge tablet, fine-tuned to be sensitive to even the slightest tilt and pressure, allowing specific response from each highlight, light stroke, or normal motion on the tablet, an experience just like a traditional pencil. 

Full Specs

To view the full specs of the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, go here. See the iPad Pro full specs here