Apple‘s latest 9.7-inch iPad Pro will go on sale starting Thursday via the online store. The same tablet will hit the store shelves in the U.S. on March 31. Hence, it’s time to compare the new slate with the power-packed Google Pixel C to understand where the devices stand with regard to configurations and price.
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro will be made available for $599 for the 32 GB version with Wi-Fi only connectivity. Meanwhile, the 32 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular variant will be priced at $729.
The Google Pixel C, on the other hand, starts at $499 specific to the 32 GB variant. The 64 GB model can be availed for $599.
Readers should note that the smart keyboard does not come with the device bundle of Pixel C or iPad Pro. The ones that would like to convert the tablets into laptops may have to pay an additional $150 to $200 for the Smart Keyboard or Type Cover.
Apple iPad Pro features a 9.7-inch Retina display and 2,048 x 1,536 pixels resolution. This slate comes bundled with impressive brightness, wider color palette and low reflectivity. Apple says the device comes with a new Night Shift mode and True Tone display technology to dynamically fix the white balance.
The Pixel C, on the other hand, comes with a 10.2-inch display, aided by 2,560 x 1,800 pixels screen resolution. The search giant proudly says "from start to finish" the Pixel C is "100% designed by Google," unlike Apple devices.
Meanwhile, the pixel densities of Google and Apple tablets are 308 ppi and 264 ppi, respectively.
Under The Hood
The new iPad is powered by Apple A9X chipset, seen in the 12.9-inch iPad model, whereas the Google Pixel C comes powered by the Nvidia X1 processor.
Even though Apple has not confirmed the RAM configuration yet, reports say this device comes with either 4 GB or 2 GB onboard. The Pixel C, on the other hand, comes backed by 3 GB of RAM.
Speaking of memory configuration, the iPad Pro comes equipped with 32 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB of native storage space. The Google device can be picked up as 32 GB or 64 GB variants.
Connectivity, Camera, Battery
The iPad Pro features a Lightning Connector and a Smart Connector to support the keyboard. The Pixel C sports a USB 3.0 port and a Type-C reversible connector.
Camera-wise, the Google tablet features an 8-megapixel and 2-megapixel rear and front facing sensors, respectively. The Apple slate, on the other hand, comes with a much-better 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel rear and front shooters, respectively.
According to Apple, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro can provide up to 10 hours of video playback via Wi-Fi. Google, on the other hand, says the Pixel C can last for up to 12 hours and 42 minutes of video playback, CNet reported.