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iPad Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S: Samsung's 12in Windows 10 tablet takes on Apple's iPad Pro  March 21, 2019 – 01:16 am
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During CES 2016 in Las Vegas at the start of January, Samsung unveiled its new Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S, which is a new Windows 10-running tablet designed to rival the iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

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It's a close match to the Surface Pro 4 in that it's designed to combine a laptop and tablet for on-the-go productivity. Apple hasn't marketed its iPad Pro as a laptop replacement just yet, but rather a very powerful tablet - the iPad Pro still runs Apple's mobile operating system iOS 9 rather than Windows 10 like the Surface Pro and now the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S. But if you are looking for a portable way to get things done on the go then both Samsung and Apple's offerings are worth considering. Read on to find out more about their similarities and differences to help you decide which is best for you.

Note that this is a comparison preview based on specs and hands-on experience with the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S. It should give you a good idea of what Samsung is bringing to the market and how it compares with the iPad Pro, but it is by no means a definitive comparison as we've yet to be able to test battery life, carry out our benchmarking tests or simply use the Tab Pro S in day-to-day life to bring you our final verdict. We'll be updating this article as often as we can with the latest information and our complete comparison when we've spent some more time with the new device.

iPad Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S: Price & availability

The iPad Pro was unveiled by Apple in September and then became available to buy in November. A mere two months later, rival Samsung unveiled the Tab Pro S tablet, a new version of its Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 that now fits in with its impressive and popular Tab S range.

We also have yet to find out how much the Tab Pro S will cost, but that could dramatically change the final verdict when we update this comparison after spending some time with the tablet. We do know that the keyboard dock/cover will be included in the price, though, whereas the iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard costs extra. Right now we're predicting a price tag of £500 as a starting point, and like other Samsung products that price will drop after a few months of its release for those who aren't worried about being the first to own the new tech.

The iPad Pro starts at £679 and goes right up to £899 for the 128GB with WiFi+ Cellular model. Add £139 if you want the keyboard, which we think you will if you intend to use the tablet as a sort of laptop replacement. And if you want the Apple Pencil, which is Apple's Bluetooth-connected stylus it'll cost an extra £79.

iPad Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S: Design

The Tab Pro S weighs an impressive 693g and is just 6.3mm thick. It has a metallic outer edge, curved corners and bevels that are suitably thin. Overall, its dimensions are 290x199x6.3mm.

Meanwhile, the iPad Pro is a bit thicker and heavier but remember that its screen is bigger too, at 12.9in, so it's not surprising that this adds to the overall weight. It's 713g and 6.9mm thick, so still suitably light and thin. Its dimensions are 305x221x6.9mm.

The Tab Pro S comes in a black and silver design or a white and silver, while the iPad Pro is already available in Space Grey, Gold and Silver.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S's included keyboard case attaches to the tablet magnetically and uses a Pogo pin metal contact system to prevent you from having to faff about with Bluetooth to connect the keyboard. There are two viewing angles provided, one more ideal for typing and the other for video calls and watching films.

As mentioned, the iPad Pro's keyboard isn't included but if you do choose to buy it, it too only has two viewing angles. Without it you'll be required to hold the iPad Pro or place it on a table or desk.

iPad Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S: Specs & hardware

At 12in, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S's screen is significantly smaller than the iPad Pro's 12.9in but is still plenty big enough for getting on with work using spreadsheets and other documents, for example. It uses Samsung's favoured Super AMOLED technology, and has a resolution of 2160 x 1440 equating to 216ppi.

The 12.9in screen on the iPad Pro is 2732 x 2048 making it a slightly higher 264ppi which is crisper and clearer but not dramatically so.

Here, we think the screen size could be a big deciding factor between the two tablets, because that extra 0.9 of an inch makes a huge difference in the overall size and feel of the tablet when it comes to using it. It's well worth popping into an Apple Store to see what you think about the size of the iPad Pro. We're torn in the office – some think it's far too big and others think it's perfect. It should give you some idea whether the smaller Samsung option would be better or not.

Inside the Tab Pro S is an Intel Core M processor (6th generation Skylake). It's 2.2Ghz and dual core with 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD and we expect it to be impressively speedy. We'll update this comparison once we've carried out all of our benchmark tests on both of the tablets but expect big things from these top spec tablets.

Other internal specs for the Tab Pro S include NFC, 11ac WIFI, Bluetooth 4.0, Bluetooth and LTE Cat 6, although you can choose WiFi-only if you'd prefer and we assume that this'll save you some cash.


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