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The new iPad Pro is slower than its larger sibling

9.7-inch iPad Pro iOS tablet slower than 12.9-inch iPad Pro
9.7-inch iPad Pro
Although the two iPad Pro tablets share the same processor, the smaller one is also slower since it has less memory and the processor is slightly underclocked.
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Although both iPad Pro tablets that Apple unveiled so far use the same A9X chip, it looks like the recently announced 9.7-inch model is slower than the 12.9-inch one. Unfortunately, this does not happen only due to the fact it has just 2 GB of memory, but also because its processor is slightly underclocked.

According to TechCrunch, the review unit they received has a processor clocked at 2.16 GHz, while the A9X SoC inside the 12.9-inch iPad Pro runs at 2.24 GHz. As expected, the GeekBench scores show a difference in performance (2977 single core and 5577 multi-core vs. 3231 single core and 5482 multi-core). However, the smaller iPad Pro also has a smaller battery, so underclocking its processor to increase its autonomy seems like a not-so-bad choice, especially since the impact on the performance of the device is minimal.

While the 9.7-inch iPad Pro does not support USB 3.0 speeds via its Lightning connector, it also offers a better camera and a better display, as well as an integrated Apple SIM.

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Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5428 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2016-03-23 (Update: 2016-03-23)