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Surface Pro 5 vs iPad Pro 2: Comparing the Hottest, Soon-to-Be Released Devices

Several tech experts believe that comparing the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 with the Apple iPad Pro 2 is unfair and misleading. This is understandable since the two devices run on completely different operating systems and have different app environments. They also target different demographics: the Surface Pro 5 is aimed at professionals and serious gamers, while the iPad Pro 2 is designed for people who need to stay productive while on the go. They even belong to separate categories since the Surface Pro 5 is a 2-in-1 hybrid device, while the iPad Pro 2 is a tablet that can be paired with a powerful keyboard.

Despite their differences, though, people can’t help but compare these two devices. This isn’t really surprising since they both come from tech powerhouses and are much-awaited successors to devices that are more than a year old. The only problem is this: comparing them can be difficult since both Microsoft and Apple have not released details about their upcoming gadgets. If we do compare them, we’ll have to get by with reports from various sources.

Release Date

No one really knows when the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 and the Apple iPad Pro 2 would be released. Everyone was expecting Microsoft to launch the Surface Pro 5 during its #MicrosoftEDU event on May 2 in New York City, but the Redmond-based tech giant unveiled its Surface Laptop instead. The iPad Pro 2, on the other hand, will reportedly be released during the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, although Apple has not confirmed this.


The iPad Pro 2 is expected to run on the A10X processor, which is Apple’s latest chip and will reportedly be faster and more powerful than previous chips like the A10 Fusion. The Surface Pro 5, on the other hand, is expected to have Intel Kaby Lake processors, which have higher speeds than the old Skylake chips. It’s even rumored that Microsoft will build the Surface Pro 5 with Intel Cannonlake chips, which will be based on the highly advanced 10 nm architecture and will be more powerful while consuming less energy. However, this theory doesn’t seem to be so plausible since Cannonlake will arrive in the middle of 2017, and Microsoft most likely won’t be able to wait for it.

Apple will reportedly bring several changes to the iPad Pro 2. Aside from its more powerful processor, it’s rumored to have a bezel-less design, which means the Home button functionality would be integrated into the screen itself. It might also get wireless charging as well as a dual-camera setup, which has become popular among modern smart gadgets.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 5, on the other hand, is expected to have a 4K screen. However, tech experts think that this will be offered as an option instead of being the standard configuration of the device, considering that 4K displays eat up a lot of battery life. It might also get an improved Surface Pen as well as USB Type-C ports, which will certainly delight a lot of users.


The Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is expected to have a price tag of $999. The Apple iPad Pro 2, on the other hand, will reportedly start at $799 for the basic configuration and reach $1,229 for its 256 GB model with Wi-Fi and cellular capability.

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  1. Panos Panay is definitely an idiot par excellence. I don’t see how he can get out of his stupid statement. If people buy Surface Pro 4 thinking there is not going to be a Surface Pro 5 in the near future and then there is one in the next few months, it’ll be an uproar. If MS doesn’t update it soon it would seem like MS is not serious about the product and nobody would like to buy a discontinued product. So if Panos intention was to sell some Surface Pro 4 I would think it would fail. He has only hurt his brand by making such statement.
    As for this article I think there is nothing new rather everything written here has been in circulation for months now. The wishful thinking in this article is good though. I would love a cannonlake processor with a usb c.

    1. Panos Panay may also mean that some soon- to- be- announced device might be called “Surface Pro 2017 edition with Kaby Lake processors.

      1. Yeah but whoever bought a surface pro 4 thinking that no new surface pro is coming wouldn’t be pissed? Personally I have pretty much moved on to hp elite x2 1012 g2.

  2. It seems to me that this article (like similar previously published on this site) is a mix of speculation and unsubstantiated rumors. Panos Panay clearly stated that “there is no Surface Pro 5”.
    Seen the already low-ish *real life* battery life of the Surface pro 4, a 4k display would compromise battery life dramatically & even further.
    “The iPad Pro 2, on the other hand, will reportedly be released during the Worldwide Developers Conference in June” – Replace “reportedly” by “rumordly” or “wishful-thinkedly” and it may be closer to the truth.
    These articles here are probably half- automatically created to induce clicks on the site.
    Completely uninteresting 🙁

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