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How Google’s Pixel Slate tablet compares to the Surface Pro 6 and iPad Pro

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A spec comparison of three flagship tablets

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Google’s Pixel Slate is the company’s first Chrome OS tablet, offered as an alternative to the more expensive Pixelbook. Like the Surface Pro 6 and iPad Pro, the Pixel Slate has more than enough power to help you do a multitude of things, both work and play. And like its competitors, it doesn’t come with a keyboard included.

For those looking for a versatile tablet with a pixel-dense display, your decision just got a bit tougher. Microsoft’s latest machine is the undisputed champion when it comes to including loads of ports, while the iPad Pro is a powerful tablet that meshes well with your other iOS or macOS devices. The newly announced Pixel Slate also has a few standout features from the rest, including front-facing speakers and a 3:2 aspect ratio display.

To help you decide, here’s a spec breakdown that might be able to help. Remember: specs aren’t always the ultimate factor in determining whether a device will be the best for you, but it is helpful to see them all side by side.

Pixel Slate vs Surface Pro 6 vs iPad Pro spec comparison

Category Google Pixel Slate Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Apple iPad Pro
Category Google Pixel Slate Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Apple iPad Pro
Starting price $599 $899 $649 (10.5-inch), $799 (12.9-inch)
OS Chrome OS Windows 10 iOS 12
Display 12 inches (3000 x 2000) 12.3 inches (2736 x 1824) 10.5 inches (2224 x 1668,) 12.9 inches (2732 x 2048)
Processor 8th Gen Intel Celeron, Core m3, i5, or i7 8th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 A10X Fusion
RAM 4, 6, 8GB 8, 16GB 4GB
Storage 32, 64, 128, 256GB 128, 256, 512GB, 1TB 64, 256, 512GB
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth
Ports Two USB-C ports, keyboard connector Mini DisplayPort, Surface Connector, microSD slot, one USB-A port, headphone jack Lightning port, Smart connector, headphone jack
Cameras Front: 8MP Rear: 8MP Front: 5MP Rear: 8MP Front: 7MP Rear: 12MP
Battery life Up to 13.5 hours Up to 13.5 hours Up to 10 hours
Weight Starts at 721g Starts at 775g 469g (10.5-inch), 677g (12.9-inch)
Dimensions (mm) 290.9 x 202 x 7 292 x 201 x 8.5 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1 (10.5-inch), 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9 (12.9-inch)
Biometrics Fingerprint sensor Windows Hello Touch ID
Includes keyboard? No (Slate Keyboard costs $199) No (Surface Touch Cover Keyboard costs $159) No (Smart Keyboard costs $159)
Includes stylus? No (Pixelbook Pen costs $99) No (Surface Pen costs $99) No (Apple Pencil costs $99)