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Display

Size:

10.8 inches
10.9 inches
9.7 inches

Resolution:

1280 x 1920 pixels, 214 PPI
2360 x 1640 pixels, 264 PPI
2048 x 1536 pixels, 264 PPI

Technology:

IPS LCD
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body:

69.59 %
81.23 %
71.65 %

Colors:

16 777 216

Peak brightness:

500 cd/m2 (nit)

Touchscreen:

Capacitive, Multi-touch

Features:

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

Hardware

System chip:

Intel Atom x7 Z8700
Apple A14 Bionic
Apple A8X

Processor:

Quad-core, 1600 MHz, 64-bit, 14 nm
Hexa-core, Firestorm and Icestorm, 64-bit, 5 nm
Triple-core, 1500 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bit

GPU:

Intel HD
Apple 4-core GPU
PowerVR GXA6850

RAM:

4GB
2GB LPDDR3

Internal storage:

128GB
64GB, not expandable
128GB

Storage expansion:

microSDXC

Device type:

Tablet
Tablet
Tablet

OS:

Windows (8.1)
iPadOS (14.x)
iOS (13.x, 12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x)

Battery

Capacity:

7340 mAh

Type:

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

Battery life test results:

Camera

Rear:

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera:

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

Specifications:

Aperture size: F1.8
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 31 mm

Video recording:

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

Features:

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

Front:

3.5 MP
7 MP (EIS, HDR)
1.2 MP

Video capture:

1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)

Design

Dimensions:

10.51 x 7.36 x 0.34 inches (267 x 187 x 8.7 mm)
9.75 x 7.03 x 0.24 inches (247.6 x 178.5 x 6.1 mm)
9.45 x 6.67 x 0.24 inches (240 x 169.5 x 6.1 mm)

Weight:

21.92 oz (621.0 g)
16.23 oz (460.0 g)
15.41 oz (437.0 g)

Materials:

Back: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum

Biometrics:

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)

Keys:

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

Colors:

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

Tablet dock:

Yes

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), 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)
Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(AWS-1), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 13(700 c), 17(700 b), 18(800 Lower), 19(800 Upper), 20(800 DD), 25(1900+), 26(850+)

LTE (TDD):

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

Data Speed:

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

Dual SIM:

Yes

SIM type:

Nano SIM
Nano SIM, eSIM
Nano SIM

Multimedia

Headphones:

3.5mm jack
No 3.5mm jack
3.5mm jack

Speakers:

Multiple speakers
Multiple speakers
Multiple speakers

Features:

Album art cover
Album art cover, Background playback

Screen mirroring:

TV-out

Additional microphone(s):

for Noise cancellation, Video recording
Yes

Connectivity & Features

Bluetooth:

4.0
5.0
4.0

Wi-Fi:

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

USB:

USB 3.0
Type-C (reversible)
Lightning

Features:

Charging, OTG
Charging, Headphones port
Mass storage device, Charging

Location:

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

Sensors:

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

Other:

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

Phone features

Notifications:

Flight mode, Silent mode

Other features:

Voice commands, Voice recording

Regulatory Approval

FCC approval:

Date approved:

Oct 16, 2014

FCC ID value:

BCGA1566 link

Measured SAR:

Simultaneous Transmission:

1.56 W/kg

Buyers information

Price:

$ 699
$ 729
$ 829

In The Box:

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

Availability

Officially announced:

Mar 31, 2015
Sep 15, 2020
Oct 16, 2014
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