Surface Pro 9 vs. iPad Pro M2: Microsoft and Apple tablets compared

Both Microsoft and Apple have launched new tablets intended to replace laptops, but how do the Surface Pro 9 and iPad Pro 12.9 (2022) compare? The latest iterations of high-end tablets from Microsoft and Apple bring minimal changes. The main upgrade has been the chipset that powers them, but while Apple’s iPad Pro has remained largely unchanged on the outside, not even new colors, the Surface Pro 9 has had some notable design changes, including new color options. .

Apple has not only launched a new iPad Pro model, but also announced a new entry-level model, which can be described as more exciting. The 10th generation iPad has a new design, a larger screen, a more powerful chipset and an updated rear camera, and replaces the Lightning port with a Type-C port. Moreover, Apple has also launched it in attractive colors. Microsoft, meanwhile, is expected to announce a new variant of its entry-level tablet, the Surface Go, in 2023.

The Surface Pro 9 and iPad Pro (2022) both have an aluminum case, but Microsoft’s tablet is the larger and heavier model of the two. Some of the extra weight is a result of its larger screen and also the built-in kickstand that allows it to stand up on its own. The stand can be adjusted almost 180 degrees, so the tablet can be used in different positions. 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.

The iPad Pro (2022) has a more powerful chip

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 9 has a 13-inch PixelSense Flow LCD display with a resolution of 2880×1920. It has a dynamic refresh rate of 120Hz, 3:2 aspect ratio and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Apple’s iPad Pro, on the other hand, has a 12.9-inch mini-LED IPS display with a 4:3 aspect ratio and 2732×2048 resolution that converts to 264 PPI, which is slightly lower than the Surface Pro 9’s 267 PPI. Like the Surface Pro 9, its screen refreshes at 120Hz. A key difference between the two devices is their chipset. The iPad Pro 12.9 (2022) has an Apple M2 chipset paired with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 2TB of storage, and is sold 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 up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. It also offers a Microsoft SQ 3 version (based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip) with up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. This SQ 3 version is the only one 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 SSD, allowing buyers to easily expand storage without spending as much money as choosing a configuration. As for the cameras, the Surface Pro 9 has a 5MP 1080p front camera that also works for Windows Hello face authentication (Face ID), while a 10MP camera sits on the back. In contrast, the iPad Pro has a 12MP front camera with a 122-degree wide field of view (FOV) and Face ID, and on the back is a 12MP main camera and an ultra-wide camera.10MP angle with a 125-degree FOV. . For ports, the iPad Pro has a single 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 on the Intel-only 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, while the iPad Pro has Bluetooth 5.3. Neither device has a headphone jack, but audio performance should be better on the iPad Pro since it has four speakers compared to the Surface Pro 9’s two speakers, another big difference. The Surface Pro 9 comes with Windows 11 Home on the Intel version, while the SQ 3 version comes with Windows 11 Home on Arm. Regardless of the version, users can expect an experience similar to a Windows laptop. On the other hand, iPad Pro comes with iPadOS 16 which is just a glorified version of iOS with added features to enjoy a bigger screen.

In terms of battery life, the iPad Pro has a 40.88 Wh battery that would provide up to 10 hours of web browsing or video viewing over Wi-Fi. The Surface Pro 9 packs a larger 47.7 Wh battery that lasts up to 15.5 hours of “typical device use” on the Intel version and up to 19 hours on the Microsoft SQ3 version. Microsoft has set a starting price of $999 for the Surface Pro 9, and it goes up to $2599 for the highest configuration. The iPad Pro starts at $1099 for the base model and goes up to $2399 for the highest configuration. There are a wide range of accessories available for both tablets, including pens and keyboard cases, and their price will determine which one buyers buy. For example, Microsoft’s Surface Slim Pen 2 and Surface Pro Type keyboard cover cost $129.99 each. In contrast, the Apple Pencil 2 costs $129, while the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro retails for $349.

Source: Microsoft, Apple

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