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Apple iPad 9.7-inch (2018) vs Apple iPad Air (2020)

Compare phone and tablet specifications of up to three devices at once.

Display

Size:

9.7 inches
10.9 inches

Resolution:

2048 x 1536 pixels, 4:3 ratio, 264 PPI
2360 x 1640 pixels, 264 PPI

Technology:

IPS LCD
IPS LCD

Refresh rate:

60Hz

Screen-to-body:

72.80 %
81.23 %

Peak brightness:

500 cd/m2 (nit)

Features:

Oleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor
Oleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor

Hardware

System chip:

Apple A10 Fusion APL1W24
Apple A14 Bionic

Processor:

Quad-core, 2340 MHz, Hurricane and Zephyr, 64-bit, 16 nm
Hexa-core, 3100 MHz, Firestorm and Icestorm, 64-bit, 5 nm

GPU:

PowerVR 7XT GT7600 Plus
Apple 4-core GPU

RAM:

2GB

Internal storage:

128GB
64GB, not expandable

Device type:

Tablet
Tablet

OS:

iOS (13.x, 12.x, 11.x)
iPadOS (14.x)

Battery

Capacity:

8827 mAh

Type:

Li - Polymer, Not user replaceable
Li - Ion, Not user replaceable

Battery life test results:

Camera

Rear:

Single camera
Single camera

Main camera:

8 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
12 MP (PDAF, BSI sensor)

Specifications:

Aperture size: F2.4
Aperture size: F1.8

Video recording:

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

Features:

Time-lapse video, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, EIS

Front:

1.2 MP (HDR)
7 MP (EIS, HDR)

Video capture:

1280x720 (HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Design

Dimensions:

9.4 x 6.6 x 0.29 inches (238.8 x 167.6 x 7.4 mm)
9.75 x 7.03 x 0.24 inches (247.6 x 178.5 x 6.1 mm)

Weight:

16.86 oz (478.0 g)
16.23 oz (460.0 g)

Materials:

Back: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum

Biometrics:

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)

Keys:

Right: Volume control
Right: Volume control, Lock/Unlock key

Colors:

Gold, Gray, Silver
Rose gold, Space gray, Silver, Green, Sky blue

Cellular

LTE (FDD):

Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(AWS-1), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700 a), 13(700 c), 17(700 b), 18(800 Lower), 19(800 Upper), 20(800 DD), 25(1900+), 26(850+), 28(700 APT), 29(700 d), 30(2300 WCS)
Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(AWS-1), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700 a), 13(700 c), 14(700 PS), 17(700 b), 18(800 Lower), 19(800 Upper), 20(800 DD), 21(1500 Upper), 25(1900+), 26(850+), 29(700 d), 30(2300 WCS), 66(AWS-3), 71(600)

LTE (TDD):

Bands 38(2600), 39(1900+), 40(2300), 41(2600+)
Bands 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900+), 40(2300), 41(2600+), 46, 48(3600)

UMTS:

Bands 5(850), 8(900), 4(1700/2100), 2(1900), 1(2100)
Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 8(900)

Data Speed:

LTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSPA, HSUPA
LTE-A, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS

Dual SIM:

Yes

SIM type:

Nano SIM
Nano SIM, eSIM

Multimedia

Headphones:

3.5mm jack
No 3.5mm jack

Speakers:

Multiple speakers
Multiple speakers

Features:

Album art cover, Background playback

Screen mirroring:

Wireless screen share

Additional microphone(s):

for Noise cancellation, Video recording

Connectivity & Features

Bluetooth:

4.2
5.0

Wi-Fi:

802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, dual-band; MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct
802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, ax (Wi-Fi 6), dual-band; MIMO

USB:

Lightning
Type-C (reversible)

Features:

Charging, Mass storage device
Charging, Headphones port

Location:

GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning
GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning

Sensors:

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer
Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer

Other:

UMA (Wi-Fi Calling), Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync, AirDrop
UMA (Wi-Fi Calling)

Buyers information

Price:

$ 559
$ 729

In The Box:

iPad Lightning to USB Cable, USB Power Adapter
USB‑C Charge Cable (1 meter), 20W USB‑C Power Adapter

Availability

Officially announced:

Mar 27, 2018
Sep 15, 2020
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