iPad Pro 11"/12.9" vs Galaxy Tab S4 vs Google Pixel Slate: Specs comparison

iPad Pro 11
Apple just announced two new iPads that are not only some of the fastest mobile devices in existence, but also overhaul the old-and-tried iPad design that was generally left unchanged for years. Gone is the home button, enlarged is the screen, and the slate as a whole has been thinned-down to ludicrous extent to achieve a super-sleek footprint.

Design aside, the new iPads are truly hardware beasts in the most sincere definition of the word: powered by the Apple A12X Bionic chip, which is pushing the limits of the already super-fast A12 even further, the new slates are rivaling most notebooks out there in raw performance.

But how do the new slates fare against its rivals from another makers, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 and the Google Pixel Slate? While the iPads might be in a league of their own as far as performance goes, we should consider the package as a whole and compare the new devices pound for pound, which is exactly what our specs comparisons are designed to do.

Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2018) vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 vs Google Pixel Slate

Display

Display size

12.9 inches
10.5 inches
12.3 inches

Pixel density

265 ppi
288 ppi
293 ppi

Technology

IPS LCD
Super AMOLED
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

85.51 %
78.07 %
76.71 %

Colors

16 777 216
16 777 216
16 777 216

Peak brightness

600 cd/m2 (nit)
 
400 cd/m2 (nit)

Camera

Rear

Yes
Yes
Yes

Main camera

12 megapixels
13 megapixels
8 megapixels

Hardware Features

Sapphire crystal lens cover, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Phase detection autofocus, CMOS image sensor
Autofocus

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.8
Aperture size: F1.9; Focal length: 27 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F1.8; Pixel size: 1.12 μm

Flash

Quad LED
LED
 

Software Features

HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Burst mode, Exposure compensation, Touch to focus, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Touch to focus, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Digital zoom, Geo tagging

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Recording format

H.264, MOV
 
 

Features

Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
Hyperlapse, Video calling, Video sharing
Video calling, Video sharing

Front

7 megapixels
8 megapixels
8 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Design

Dimensions

11.04 x 8.46 x 0.23 inches (280.4 x 214.9 x 5.8 mm)
9.81 x 6.47 x 0.28 inches (249.3 x 164.3 x 7.1 mm)
11.45 x 7.95 x 0.28 inches (290.85 x 202.04 x 7.0 mm)

Weight

22.33 oz (633 g)
the average is 17.2 oz (493 g)
17.04 oz (483 g)
the average is 17.2 oz (493 g)
25.79 oz (731 g)
the average is 17.2 oz (493 g)

Materials

Back: Aluminum
Back: Glass
Back: Aluminum

Biometrics

3D Face unlock
Iris scanner, 2D Face unlock
Fingerprint (touch)

Features

 
Stylus
 

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Apple A12X Bionic APL1083
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998
Intel Core-i7 8500Y

Processor

Octa-core, 2490 MHz, Vortex and Tempest, 64-bit, 7 nm
Octa-core, 2350 MHz, Kryo 280, 64-bit, 10 nm
Dual-core, 1500 MHz, 64-bit, 14 nm

GPU

Apple 7-core GPU
Adreno 540
Intel HD Graphics 615

RAM

 
4 GB LPDDR4
16 GB

Internal storage

1000 GB
64 GB
256 GB

Storage expansion

 
 
 

Slot Type

 
microSDXC, microSDHC, microSD
 

OS

iOS (12.x)
Android (9.0 Pie, 8.1 Oreo), Samsung One UI
Chrome OS

Battery

Capacity

 
7300 mAh
 

Internet use

 
 
 

LTE

9 hours
10 hours
 

Wi-Fi

10 hours
10 hours
 

Music playback

 
195.00 hours
 

Video playback

 
16.00 hours
 

Cellular

CDMA

800, 1900 MHz
 
 

GSM

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
 
 

UMTS

850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
 
 

LTE (FDD)

Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 29, 30, 66, 71
 
 

LTE (TDD)

Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46
 
 

Data

LTE-A, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
 
 

Connectivity

Mobile Payment

Apple Pay
 
 

Multimedia

Screen mirroring

TV-out
Wireless screen share
 

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 1899
$ 650
$ 1599


Related phones

iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2018)
  • Display 12.9" 2048 x 2732 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12X Bionic, Octa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 1000 GB
iPad Pro 11-inch
  • Display 11.0" 1668 x 2388 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12X Bionic, Octa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 1000 GB
  • Battery 7812 mAh

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32 Comments

1. AmashAziz

Posts: 2868; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I don't want to sound fanboyistic but I don't think any other pure-tablet stands a chance against the new iPad Pros. High pricing is probably the only major thing the new iPads lose at.

2. bucknassty

Posts: 1250; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

you're right... i prefer android on my phone, but the ipad has tablets on lock... but that pricing is ultrabook territory, that's ... ugh

10. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

The pixel slate can run not only Android apps, but Steam, and Steam VR programs as well. Plus web apps. The Pixel slate can even run full blown Linux programs, and now Windows programs as well. The Pixel slate is superior to the overpriced iPad by a mile.

14. kiko007

Posts: 7383; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The Pixel Slate is laggy as hell. It isn’t even superior to the low-end iPad, let alone these Pros.

15. bucknassty

Posts: 1250; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

who has this review? and which version were they using, i would like to see it... see if its worth it

26. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

So is speed all you care about? Products that tend to do more, usually are slower. Slower doesn't make it worse and faster isnt always better. Yes iPhones and iPads are better at speed, but they are not better in mostly everything else and those things actually matter. Like being able to charge a 4000mah battery, faster than your smaller battery taking 3 hours. How about even in a caged battery, my device won't allow down because of it. How about my phone has never died with 20%/30% battery left. What about it not taking the best low light pictures, has terrible OIS compare to the galaxy. How about why Apple can't put Beats headphones in the box. Why can't they include needed adapter? Removing the Jack? How only finally recording video with stereo sound. You are the same guys who say, I dont want to pay for features I dont plan tonise like with Samsung phones. Makes perfect since. But you also rather pay the same price as if you had them? The reason cheap cars are cheaper is because it offers a lot less than luxury ones. So would it make since for a fully loaded Camry, to cost the same as 7 series BMW? No! So why is it ok for a ohone. But all that matters is speed and sales? Yes applaud things that offer you zero benefit vs what does. Yes the XR as an example will be quite fast, considering it's an $800 phone, pushing a resolution found on a $100 phone. So if the A12 is as great as Apple claims it is, then let it push some QHD screens and see what happens. If you had a car with a V14 engine, wouldn't you want to take it too a track and see what you can do? Or would you rather sit in traffic and do nothing? Do you actually just take your iPhone and install apps and sit their opening and closing them to see how fast you can do it? I mean is that all it's good for?

31. MobileNico

Posts: 94; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Pixel slate isn't out yet, so...

32. bucknassty

Posts: 1250; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

thats what i thought.... i was very suspicious of this.... laggyness statement that someone has made without any proof

23. whatev

Posts: 2081; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I love Sgodsell damage control crisis, it’s so lovely :)

24. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I too prefer Andeoid on my phone and iOS in the iPad. Especially for splitscren apps. But now that the Note and S have a "desktop mode" the iPad is no longer .y goto.

3. JCASS889

Posts: 420; Member since: May 18, 2018

how come in the specs comparison they put the max amount for the ipad storage, but put the minimum amount for the slate and others? trying to puff up the ipad?

25. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

got. And 10" vs 12". When Apple shows have smaller ones more comparable. The 12" is simply too big vs the Surface.

4. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1503; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Tab S4 clearly wins for value, even if it is limited by Android.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7383; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You have a really, really odd definition of value.

12. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Just like some have a really odd definition of value when it comes to the iPad. The pixel slate is superior to the new iPad. Especially when it can run a lot more apps from a lot more platforms. Like Steam, including Steam VR, Chrome Web apps, Linux apps, and naturally Android apps as well. But not only that the slate will be able to run full blown Windows programs as well. So the Pixel slate is superior to the overpriced iPad.

27. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

And how do you define limited? Atvmeast the Tan comes with a pen. You dont have to pay $129 for it. The Tab uses an industry standard resolution, which means apps will scale properly. The Tab allows for multiple accounts on one device. TheYab also supports mice and keyboard input, both via USB and Bluetooth. Oh and it also has a desktop mode where you can scale apps all the way up to 4K when attached to a displayport TV. And I can run pretty much most Android apps in this mode and have them all winnowing like a real PC. How exactly is that limited? Oh and I have access to file storage with unlimited storage. No oud required. Can the iPad Donald that? Which one is more limited? Maybe you were being sarcastic? Android and Windows have no limitation, while iOS and Mac OS are veryimited in comparison. Yet they cost more. Come on man just be fair, not fan.

5. ahmadkun

Posts: 501; Member since: May 02, 2016

I'm always trying to run away from apple but this new ipad is ridiculously great .. apple did a great job here .. but i still don't know if there is 3.5 mm jack !

6. torr310

Posts: 1606; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Android tablets really should have the premium lines as the phones.

13. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Actually look at the pixel slate.

28. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Dowsnt one of the Galaxy tablets have a dual glass design?

30. whatev

Posts: 2081; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Lmao, Techie and Sgodsell, you don’t get the point, he’s saying “premium”, which part of that word didn’t you understand?

8. alligator

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

The tablet at home is used only by the kids. I don't see a real reason to pay $1000+ for something which can break it on the floor so I prefer a cheaper Android tablet with a good cover and can be replaced easily in 2-3 years.

9. AmashAziz

Posts: 2868; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

This isn't for your kids.

19. Valdomero

Posts: 582; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

This is a Pro unit, designed for photographers, videographers and such. Of course, you can buy one to watch youtube and play fruit ninja but it's like buying a Ferrari to go visit your grandma that lives 1 block away.

22. whatev

Posts: 2081; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I’ll buy it mostly for gaming and multimedia, there’s no better tablet for games, I know some trolls will say mobile games are crap, but some of them are good and some of them are e-sports, I can’t wait to have it

16. morgeus09

Posts: 89; Member since: Aug 19, 2018

Surface Pro 6.

17. akistz

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 26, 2018

There is no competition for the iPad. It’s plain and simple as that

18. ebilcake

Posts: 1189; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Pixel Slate looks nice but Chrome OS? Nope, just nope.

20. gamehead unregistered

Should’ve used Microsoft’s tablet instead of Samsung’s

21. whatev

Posts: 2081; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Imagine comparing the iPad Pro with those peasants tablets, it’s so unfair, iPads compete only with themselves :(

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