Both Microsoft and Apple have released new tablet replacement laptops, but the Surface Pro 9 and iPad Pro 12.9 (2022) measure against each other? The latest iterations of high-end tablets from Microsoft and Apple bring minimal changes. The main update has been in the chipset that powers them, but while Apple’s iPad Pro remains largely unchanged with no new colors on the outside, the Surface Pro 9 has seen notable design changes, including new color options. .
Apple has not only released a new iPad Pro model, but also announced a new entry-level model that can be described as more interesting. The 10th generation iPad has a new design, a larger display, a more powerful chipset and an updated rear camera, and replaces the Lightning port with a Type-C port. Apart from this, Apple has also launched it in attractive colors. And Microsoft is expected to announce a new variant of its entry-level Surface Go tablet in 2023.
The Surface Pro 9 and iPad Pro (2022) both boast aluminum bodies, but Microsoft’s tablet is the larger and heavier model of the two. Some of the extra weight is a result of its larger display and also due to the built-in step that allows you to carry it on your own. The stand can be adjusted almost 180 degrees, allowing you to use the tablet in any position. Microsoft sells the Surface Pro 9 in four colors – Forest (green), Sapphire (blue), Platinum (grey) and Graphite (black). On the other hand, the iPad Pro does not have a built-in kickstand and can only be purchased from Apple in Space Gray and Silver colors.
The iPad Pro (2022) has a more powerful chip
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 9 has a 13-inch PixelSense Flow LCD with a resolution of 2880 × 1920. It has a 120Hz dynamic refresh rate, 3:2 aspect ratio and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Apple’s iPad Pro, on the other hand, sports a 12.9-inch IPS mini-LED display with a 4:3 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2732 × 2048 at 264 PPI, which is slightly lower than the Surface Pro 9’s 267 PPI. . Like the Surface Pro 9, its display refreshes at 120Hz. The main difference between the two devices is their chipsets. The iPad Pro 12.9 (2022) has the Apple M2 chipset, paired with 16GB of RAM and up to 2TB of storage, and it comes in Wi-Fi and 5G cellular variants. Microsoft offers the Surface Pro 9 with a choice of two chipsets. There is an Intel version with a Core i5-1235U/Core i7-1255U processor with 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. It also offers the Microsoft SQ 3 version (based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon chip) with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. This SQ 3 version is the only version with a 5G modem.
Like the iPad Pro, there is no MicroSD card slot for storage expansion. However, the SSD storage on the Surface Pro 9 is removable and the SSD can be upgraded to a faster and larger one, thus allowing buyers to easily increase the storage without spending as much money as opting for a higher configuration. As for cameras, the Surface Pro 9 has a 5MP 1080p front-facing camera that also supports Windows Hello facial authentication (Face ID), while a 10MP camera sits on the back. By contrast, the iPad Pro has a 12MP front-facing camera with a 122-degree wide field of view (FOV) and Face ID, while the rear has a 12MP primary camera and a 10MP ultra-wide-angle camera with a 125-degree FOV. . For ports, the iPad Pro has one Thunderbolt/USB 4 port for charging and connecting to an external display or accessory. On the other hand, while the Surface Pro 9 has two USB-C ports, they are Thunderbolt 4 ports only on the Intel version and regular USB-C Gen 3.2 ports on the SQ3 version. There’s also a Surface Connect port for charging.
Both tablets have Wi-Fi 6E, but the Surface Pro 9 has Bluetooth 5.1 and the iPad Pro has Bluetooth 5.3. Neither device has a headphone jack, but with four speakers compared to the Surface Pro 9’s two, the iPad Pro should have better audio performance. Program experience is another key difference. The Surface Pro 9 ships with Windows 11 Home on Intel, while the SQ 3 ships with Windows 11 Home on Arm. Regardless of its version, users can have a similar experience of using a Windows laptop. The iPad Pro, on the other hand, ships with iPadOS 16, which is simply a glorified version of iOS with added features to take advantage of the larger display.
Considering battery life iPad Pro It has a 40.88 W battery that provides up to 10 hours of web surfing or video watching over Wi-Fi. The Surface Pro 9 packs a larger 47.7W battery that lasts up to 15.5 hours on the Intel version and 19 hours on the Microsoft SQ3 version. Microsoft has set a starting price of $999 for the Surface Pro 9, rising to $2,599 for the highest configuration. The iPad Pro starts at $1,099 for the base model and goes up to $2,399 for the top configuration. Both tablets come with a variety of accessories, including styluses and keyboard cases, and their prices will determine which one buyers buy. For example, Microsoft’s Surface Slim Pen 2 and Surface Pro Type keyboard cover cost $129.99 each. The Apple Pencil 2 will sell for $129, and the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro will sell for $349.
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Source: Microsoft, Apple