Editor’s note: táo khuyết just announced a new 9.7-inch iPad for 2018, with an A10 Fusion chip and support for the táo apple Pencil. We’ll be updating this feature as soon as we’ve had a good chance to lớn compare it with the previous mã sản phẩm and the ipad tablet Pro. Watch this space.

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New máy tính bảng ipad 2017 vs máy tính bảng ipad Pro 2016: táo khuyết isn’t shy about launching 9.7-inch tablets, but which of its latest slates is the best? We compare the specs & tell you what you need to know.

Apple dropped a surprise announcement on us in March 2017, revealing a brand new 9.7-inch ipad tablet as its first major hàng hóa launch of the year. The tablet is the effective successor to the máy tính bảng ipad Air 2, but it’s arguably facing more competition from Apple’s existing 9.7-inch máy tính bảng ipad Pro.

Both tablets are slick và powerful, but which one is right for you? I’ve rounded up the key differences between the two devices, so you can work out how you want to lớn spend your money.

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In this article, I’ll answer the following questions:

How vị the designs differ?How bởi vì the new iPad & iPad Pro specs compare?Which tablet is better value for money?Should you buy the new máy tính bảng ipad or the máy tính bảng ipad Pro?

Short on time? Scroll down khổng lồ the bottom of this page for a summarised version of this article.

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New máy tính bảng ipad 2017

New ipad tablet (2017) vs 9.7-inch máy tính bảng ipad Pro Design: What’s the difference?

The good news is that both devices look largely identical, with the same approximate size factor, & Apple’s unmistakeable aluminium unibody máy tính bảng ipad aesthetic. All the usual buttons (Touch ID, volume controls etc.) don the front and sides, & there’s a camera on the front and back of both tablets.

The key differences are minor. For instance, the new ipad is marginally heavier than the ipad Pro, weighing in at 469 grams (or 478g for cellular), compared to the ipad tablet Pro’s 437 grams (or 444g for cellular).

iPad Pro

The new máy tính bảng ipad is also 1.4mm thicker than the máy tính bảng ipad Pro, which may be down to the larger battery.

The screen panel on the new máy tính bảng ipad is also slightly different, as it doesn’t have anti-reflective coating, nor does it tư vấn a wide colour gamut. The new iPad’s display also lacks True Tone support – that’s the feature that dynamically adjusts your screen’s colour balance based on data from the ambient light sensor. We will know more about what sort of difference this makes when we review the new iPad.

It’s also worth noting that the ipad Pro has a solid line-up of accessories, including the apple Pencil (£99) & the Smart Keyboard (£149), which connects through the Smart Connector – a feature not included in the new iPad. If you’re looking for a tablet to replace that old laptop, the ipad tablet Pro is the better pick.

New ipad tablet (2017) vs 9.7-inch máy tính bảng ipad Pro Specs: Which tablet is the most powerful?

Both tablets are on fairly equal footing when it comes to the display; they use the same(-ish) 9.7-inch panel with an identical screen resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels. That works out at a respectable 264ppi, & should offer a crisp, clear image at normal viewing distances.

But when it comes lớn raw specs, the new máy tính bảng ipad starts to fall behind. For instance, the new ipad uses a slower táo bị cắn dở A9 chip than the táo apple A9X cpu found in the ipad tablet Pro. The A9X is an evolution of the iPhone 6S’s A9 processor, & runs at a faster 2.16-2.26GHz clock speed (compared to lớn the A9’s 1.85GHz).

The A9X cpu also features a more powerful 12-core variant of the PowerVR Series7XT GT7600 GPU, which means you’ll get better performance while gaming from the máy tính bảng ipad Pro.

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New máy tính bảng ipad 2017

The camera thiết đặt on the new ipad tablet is also far less impressive than what we’ve seen from the máy tính bảng ipad Pro. For a start, you’re getting a smaller 8-megapixel image resolution from the main, rear-mounted camera on the new iPad, while the ipad Pro gets a higher-resolution 12-megapixel camera. It’s important to chú ý that this simply means the ipad Pro takes bigger pictures, but not necessarily better pictures.

Where the real difference lies is in the aperture; the máy tính bảng ipad Pro uses a wide f/2.2 aperture for the main camera, which trumps the f/2.4 aperture on the new iPad’s camera. Aperture describes the kích cỡ of hole that allows light into your lens; the lower the number, the bigger the hole, và thus more light reaching your lens. Having a wider aperture should make the ipad tablet Pro more versatile than the new máy tính bảng ipad in terms of photography. Still, both these apertures are narrow when compared lớn high-end phones.

It’s a similar story with the secondary camera – what apple calls the ‘FaceTime’ selfie cam. The new ipad offers a dinky 1.2-megapixel image và an aperture of f/2.2, compared khổng lồ the 5-megapixel (f/2.2) shooter on the máy tính bảng ipad Pro. This resolution disparity means your selfies and clip calling will be much more limited in terms of the maximum detail possible on the new iPad. Still, 1.2-megapixels is enough to get video calling done, so don’t let this put you off buying a new máy tính bảng ipad – the máy tính bảng ipad Air 2 has the same setup, for reference.

iPad Pro

There’s not much else in the way of difference between the devices. Although the new ipad tablet has a slightly larger battery, it offers the same 10-hour battery life as the máy tính bảng ipad Pro. And both tablets feature cảm ứng ID fingerprint sensors, Lightning ports, & models with optional cellular connectivity.

The only other real difference is that while the new ipad tablet only comes in 32GB and 128GB variants, there’s an additional 256GB mã sản phẩm with the ipad tablet Pro.

For a full spec comparison, check out the table below:

New ipad tablet (2017)iPad Pro (2016)
Screen9.7 inches9.7 inches
Display Resolution2,048 x 1,536 pixels (264ppi)2,048 x 1,536 pixels (264ppi)
Dimensions240 x 169.5 x 7.5mm240 x 169.5 x 6.1mm
Weight469 / 478 grams437 / 444 grams
ChipsetApple A9Apple A9X
Storage32GB / 128GB32GB / 128GB / 256GB
Primary Camera8 megapixels, f/2.412 megapixels, f/2.2
Secondary Camera1.2 megapixels, f/2.25 megapixels, f/2.2
ConnectivityWi-Fi (LTE optional)Wi-Fi (LTE optional)
Charging CableLightningLightning
Fingerprint ScannerTouch IDTouch ID
Battery32.4Wh (10-hour life)27.9WH (10-hour life)
ColoursSpace Grey, Silver, GoldSpace Grey, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold

New ipad (2017) vs 9.7-inch máy tính bảng ipad Pro Price: Which tablet is better value for money?

So, is the new máy tính bảng ipad good value for money when compared against the similarly-sized ipad tablet Pro?

Well, the new ipad tablet will retail from a budget-friendly £339/$329, while the máy tính bảng ipad Pro costs a far more hefty £549/$599. So if you have a hard budget of £400 or less then there’s only one real choice.

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New ipad tablet 2017

However, it’s clear that the new ipad tablet isn’t as hardware-capable as the ipad Pro when it comes to lớn the screen, the processor performance, or the camera, which may put off those looking for the bleeding edge of specs.

Regarding value, it’s hard khổng lồ justify spending £500+ on a tablet, so you’ll really only want to be picking up the Pro model if you’re going to lớn be using it all the time. The ipad Pro range is intended for people who want to lớn get work done, while the new ipad is almost certainly being targeted at people who just want a tablet for the occasional Netflix binge on a train.

We know that the ipad tablet Pro is a good tablet, & the new ipad tablet is probably going khổng lồ be decent enough too, considering it’s using tried-and-tested components and software. So rather than thinking “which is better value?”, ask yourself if you’re willing khổng lồ spend an extra £200 for the improvements that the máy tính bảng ipad Pro offers.

iPad Pro

New máy tính bảng ipad (2017) vs 9.7-inch ipad Pro Summary: What’s the difference?

Here’s a brief overview of the key differences between the new ipad (2017) and the 9.7-inch ipad Pro.

Design: Both iPads look largely the same, although the new ipad tablet is marginally thicker và heavier. It also has a slightly less impressive display panel. You also get an extra colour option: Rose Gold.

Specs: The máy tính bảng ipad Pro is undoubtedly the superior tablet, featuring a faster processor, more storage options, & better cameras.

Price: Apple’s new máy tính bảng ipad is a relative steal at £339/$329, while the more powerful máy tính bảng ipad Pro will mix you back £549/$599.

Value: If you’re looking for productivity, the ipad tablet Pro is the best choice, but you’ll have to lớn consider whether it’s worth paying an additional £200 for the improved hardware & design based on your own budget.