Tablet sales began to fall significantly, but tablet PCs still are of interest to users. In today’s collection of Your News Ticker – the most productive tablets of 2016, and some of them may become, if not a full replacement, a successful alternative to a desktop PC or laptop.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 i7
Surface Pro 4 – is exactly the case when the tablet was created as a replacement for the PC, and Microsoft promises were not empty words. Even the most simple version with Intel Core m3 processor ahead of the test results nearest rival, the big Apple’s the iPad the Pro . Modifications at the Surface Pro 4 is a lot to choose from: The tablet runs on Intel Core m3 processors, i5, and i7 processors, RAM – 4, 8 or 16 GB. Flash memory can hold 128, 256, 512 GB or 1 TB. Price tablet starts from US $ 699 and predictably depending on the configuration.
Manufacturer outlined the use of various modifications: the junior model is designed for routine tasks, variant with Intel Core i5 – to work with office documents, such as Photoshop editors and games, and the “big brother” is useful for professional designers, artists and architects.
Everything else here at the height of: magnesium alloy body, bright and clear screen 12.3 “with very thin frames (Surface Pro 4 is leading in our collection plates with the best aspect ratio and frame), glass Gorilla Glass, the digital pen with 1024 levels of recognition pressing in the set, that’s just no cellular module. Separately, the tablet keyboard is offered, it will cost $ 130 for the regular version and $ 160 – a fingerprint scanner.
The question whether to buy a tablet for the same price if you can get a very decent laptop, remains open, but many problems to replace the desktop version of the Surface Pro 4 will be able to accurately.
Apple iPad Pro 12,9 “
iPad Pro 9,7 “in the traditional format was expected, while the older version was a surprise. Although it would seem: 13-inch tablet more compact laptop, the battery holds a long time and has a really high performance thanks A9X chip and 4GB of RAM. Heavy programs run on the tablet quickly and with its main purpose – work with professional graphics, 3D-modeling, editing – iPad Pro 12,9 “copes with a bang.
The user can choose between the option only with the module Wi-Fi (32/128/256 GB of RAM), and with Wi-Fi and cellular module (128/256 GB). However, the tablet with 32 GB of internal memory, significantly limits the scope of feasible tasks, although cheaper. The price increase also optional accessories that have to be purchased separately – stylus Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.
Apple iPad Pro 9,7″
Low-end model of the new iPad Pro, one to one similar to the Air 2 in size and weight, but the power of her closer to the iPad Pro 12,9 “. Tests show that the model has become more productive than the iPad Air 2. In contrast to the 12.9-inch version, iPad Pro 9,7 “got 2 GB of RAM, but it works the same for all 64 bit chip A9X coprocessor M9, and therefore with the power he’s all right.
Retina Display with a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. the quality is not inferior to the older “brother”, but the camera’s 9.7-inch model shoot better – the sensor is similar to that installed in the iPhone 6s. Small iPad Pro also supports Apple Pencil and Apple Smart Keyboard.
Huawei MediaPad M3
The flagship Huawei’s MediaPad the M3 – the most powerful Android-tablet at the moment, and the attempts to replace this device laptop manufacturer from flourishing. The model runs on the processor performance Kirin 950, which easily transports large loads long. With 4 GB of memory-intensive tasks are performed quickly. On Geekbench 3 shows MediaPad M3 5032 points in the multi-core test – model is also suitable for more complex problems than surfing the web, and some problems can compete with its closest “neighbors”, especially for the price. Of course, if we are not talking about the professional work in applications for designers.
On board is Android 6.0 with a proprietary shell EMUI, sometimes reminiscent of iOS: like the camera interface, the search menu, quick setup. The drive has a capacity of 32 or 64 GB expandable to 128 GB.
The design of the tablet is pretty standard, but filling as it suggests to us that is not the point: there is and a fingerprint scanner, and a cellular communication module, and the acoustics Harman Kardon, AKG and headset included. 8.4-inch IPS-screen, by the way, is appropriate in the same building, which went past the 8-inch model.
With Google Pixel
With Pixel – the first tablet, which Google designed and produced independently, the previous model Nexus line produced by ASUS and HTC. 10.2-inch tablet runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and it was created exactly for this OS. As the chip then has a 64-bit Tegra X1 from NVIDIA, along with 3 GB of RAM tablet copes well with heavy games, running smoothly, and this is enough reserve power for a long time. And the price of Pixel C does not tend to infinity, like more efficient competitors: in the US for the base model with a drive on the 32 GB asking $ 499 and $ 599 – for the version with 64 GB. It is better to choose the maximum amount of flash memory – the possibility of increasing it is not here.
For an additional fee ($ 149) is offered docking keyboard, like the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Apple iPad Pro. It is attached to the magnets, and the screen can be positioned at different angles. Speaking of the screen – with a resolution of 2560h1800 pixels. and a density of 308 PPI, he even surpasses the iPad Air 2, and this is a good feature. Only here INDEX mode model does not support. In general, Google Pixel C does not replace the laptop in the plan, but it will be good for all games, office applications and watching movies in high quality.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7
The new flagship Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 was not only thin body thickness of only 5.6 mm and excellent vivid Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. He became more powerful: put into productive four core Cortex-A57 with a frequency of 1.9 GHz and four Cortex-A53 – with a frequency of 1.3 GHz to conserve battery power on demanding tasks. Powered chip in conjunction with 3 GB of RAM, and multi-core benchmarks Geekbench 3 tablet is gaining 4364 points. Still, it’s not a perfect Exynos 7420, but in games and demanding applications, it shows good results.
The model 32 GB of non-volatile memory with expansion options up to 128 GB. The user can choose between configurations with support for LTE and only with the module Wi-Fi. Powered by Android 6.0 tablet running and supports INDEX mode, which distinguishes it from the same Google Pixel C.
Asus ZenPad 3S 10
9.7-inch Asus ZenPad 3S 10 in the aluminum case has good performance in games and applications through the heavy six-core MediaTek MT8176 (2x ARM Cortex-A72 and 4 Cortex-A53), the graphics chip PowerVR GX6250 and 4 GB of RAM. The model comes with 32/64 GB storage volume can be increased up to 128 GB using a memory card.
The user receives Android 6.0 out of the box, but with a proprietary shell ZenUI – there is no such significant changes, like the Chinese, but added the shortcut on the lock screen icons, branded keyboard, changed the appearance of the notification settings menu, and the arrangement of icons on the desktop.
Externally, the tablet looks expensive, but it is a standard, housing him, and the thin and light, but the main thing here, in addition to a decent power – contrast and bright display with a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. Due technology VisualMaster picture is more pleasing to the eye, and Splendit application allows maximum fine-tune color reproduction.
|Tablet||Operating System||Processor & RAM||Screen|
|Microsoft Surface Pro 4 i7||Windows 10 Pro||Intel Core m3 / i5 / i7,
|Apple iPad Pro 12,9 “||iOS 10||Apple A9X,
|Huawei MediaPad M3||Android 6.0 + EMUI 4.1||HiSilicon Kirin 950,
|Apple iPad Pro 9,7 “||iOS 10||Apple A9X,
|With Google Pixel||Android 6.0||nVidia Tegra X1,
|Samsung Galaxy Tab S2||Android 6.0 + TouchWiz|| Samsung Exynos Octa 5433,
|S-AMOLED 9,7 “,
2048 × 1536 pixels.,
|Asus ZenPad 3S 10||Android 6.0 + ZenUI||MTK MT8176, 4 GB||9.7 ”
1536 x 2048 pixels.,