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

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


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

CategoryGoogle Pixel SlateMicrosoft Surface Pro 6Apple iPad Pro
Starting price$599$899$649 (10.5-inch), $799 (12.9-inch)
OSChrome OSWindows 10iOS 12
Display12 inches (3000 x 2000)12.3 inches (2736 x 1824)10.5 inches (2224 x 1668,) 12.9 inches (2732 x 2048)
Processor8th Gen Intel Celeron, Core m3, i5, or i78th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7A10X Fusion
RAM4, 6, 8GB8, 16GB4GB
Storage32, 64, 128, 256GB128, 256, 512GB, 1TB64, 256, 512GB
ConnectivityWi-Fi, BluetoothWi-Fi, BluetoothWi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth
PortsTwo USB-C ports, keyboard connectorMini DisplayPort, Surface Connector, microSD slot, one USB-A port, headphone jackLightning port, Smart connector, headphone jack
CamerasFront: 8MP Rear: 8MPFront: 5MP Rear: 8MPFront: 7MP Rear: 12MP
Battery lifeUp to 13.5 hoursUp to 13.5 hoursUp to 10 hours
WeightStarts at 721gStarts at 775g469g (10.5-inch), 677g (12.9-inch)
Dimensions (mm)290.9 x 202 x 7292 x 201 x 8.5250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1 (10.5-inch), 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9 (12.9-inch)
BiometricsFingerprint sensorWindows HelloTouch 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)