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Microsoft Surface Pro 5 vs Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) Fight Each Other in a Hardware Power Comparison


Tablets are so powerful nowadays that they are being considered as worthy replacements for computers and laptops. The best example of this are Apple’s iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) and Microsoft’s recently unveiled Surface Pro. Even though Microsoft only named its product Surface Pro, the device is believed to actually be Surface Pro 5.

Today we are going to take a look under the hoods of these amazing tablets and see which one prevails, at least in terms of hardware performance. While sleek designs and exclusive apps might be nice to have, it all comes to hardware performance in the end. Without any further ado, let’s get into it.

Processor and RAM

The processor is the heart of any tech device. Without a high-end processor, these tablets wouldn’t stand a chance against regular laptops that they are looking to replace. iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) is fueled by Apple’s own-made A10X Fusion chip which uses 64-bit architecture and an embedded M10 coprocessor.

We need to mention that this chipset is 30% faster than the chipset that was used on previous iPad Pro models. In terms of RAM, iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) features 4GB of RAM.

On the other hand, we have Surface Pro 5 that’s available in three processor variants. The first one is the 1GHz Core m3-7Y30 which is the processor that’s used on the “affordable” variant of Surface Pro 5. The second one is a much more powerful 2.6GHz Core i5-7300U chipset while the third one is an impressive 2.5GHz Core i7-7660U.

Unlike iPad Pro 12.9 (2017), Surface Pro 5’s processor can be bundled with more than one RAM variants. Therefore, Surface Pro 5 features 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of RAM.


Even though this brief comparison is focused only on hardware power, it’s safe to say that Surface Pro 5 blows iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) out of the water. Microsoft’s tablet is superior to iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) and it also gives customers the option of choosing which processor or RAM amount fits their needs the best.