Apple iPad Pro 9.7 specs vs. Google Pixel C, Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

Apple's powerful tablet isn't the only PC replacement out there. Here's how it stacks up to other top tablets.

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First came iPads, then came the iPad Pros. Apple's going after people who are looking to ditch laptops for more portable tablets, but still need a powerful machine to get work done.

Apple's latest 9.7-inch iPad Pro has all the power and performance of the original extra-large iPad Pro, in a smaller size. Inside, there's a powerful processor, up to 256GB of storage and a new "True Tone" display that adjusts its color based on the light around you.

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But Apple's hardly the first to the party -- Microsoft's been building tablets with PC-level power for a while now. Google and Samsung have recently got in on the action, too.

Let's take a look at how the iPad Pro 9.7 compares to the other top tablets in its category; the Google Pixel C, Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Samsung Galaxy TabPro S.

iPad Pro 9.7 Google Pixel C Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Samsung Galaxy TabPro S
Display size, resolution 9.7-inch; 2,048x1,536 10.2-inch, 2,560x1,800-pixel resolution 12.3-inch; 2,736x1,824 pixels 12-inch, 2,160x1,440 pixels
Pixel density (pixels per inch) 264 ppi 308 ppi 267 ppi 216 ppi
Dimensions (inches) 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.24 in 9.5 x 7.04 x 0.2 in 11.5 x 7.9 x 0.33 in 11.4 x 7.9 x 0.33 in
Dimensions (millimeters) 240 x 169 x 6.1 mm 242 x 179 x 7 mm 292 x 201.4 x 8.45 mm 290.3 x 198.8 x 6.3 mm
Weight (pounds, grams) 0.96 lbs (437 g) 1.14 lbs (517 g) 1.73 lbs (786 g) 1.53 lbs (693 g)
Software iOS 9.3 Android 6.0 Marshmallow Windows 10 Pro Windows 10
Camera 12-megapixel 8-megapixel 8-megapixel 5-megapixel
Front-facing camera 5-megapixels 2-megapixel 5-megapixel 5-megapixel
Processor Apple A9X chip (64-bit) with M9 motion co-processor Nvidia X1 quad-core, Maxwell GPU Intel Core M3, Intel Core I5 or I7 Intel Core M3 2.2GHz processor
Storage 32GB, 128GB, 256GB 32GB, 64GB 128GB, 256GB 128GB
RAM TBA 3GB 4GB, 8GB or 16GB 4GB
Battery Up to 10 hours watching video on Wi‑Fi 12 hours 42 minutes of video playback Up to 9 hours of video playback 5,200mAh; 10.5 hours or video playback
Color options Gray, silver, gold, rose gold Silver Silver White, black
Price (USD) $599 (32GB); $749 (128GB); $899 (256GB) $499 (32GB); $599 (64GB) Starting at $899 $899
Price (GBP) £499 (32GB); £619 (128GB); £739 (256GB) £399 (32GB); £479 (64GB) Starting at £749 £849
Price (AUD) AU$899 (32GB); AU$1,149 (128GB) AU$ 1,399 (256GB) AU$699 (32GB); AU$829 (64GB) Starting at AU$1,349 N/A

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