The iPad Pro 10.5 represents Apple deciding to make a tablet with absolutely everything crammed in. The best in audio performance, the cream of the company's mobile screen tech, and all the power that can be crammed inside the metal walls of a digital slate.
Make no mistake: the new iPad Pro is the device that Apple wants you to buy to replace your laptop if you're not going to pay out for a new MacBook.
Ironically, the price is such that – when paired with the necessary accessories– it's not far off the cost of such a device, but the iPad Pro offers something a little different.
It's an entertainment hub that flips to become a mobile work station – the iPad Pro's strength is that it can do many things well, and in a compact form.
There's only so much manufacturers can do to update a tablet these days beyond increasing the specs, as the use case for these devices hasn't altered much over the years, beyond them now being able to serve as pseudo-tablet replacements with the addition of a keyboard.
That said, Apple has shoved all the high-end specs it can into the new iPad Pro 10.5, and it really does make a difference – but are they the sorts of things that will really impress consumers, and is it enough to warrant the higher price?
To find out, we're going to try and do what we didn't manage with the first iPad Pro, and write this entire review on the new iPad Pro 10.5 – including photo processing and editing, and with our hands-on pictures of the tablet shot on the iPhone 7 Plus, which has a comparable sensor to the new iPad Pro – and see how easy it is to achieve.
The issues we encountered in 2015 revolved around the ease of switching between apps and uploading pictures to our content management system, as well as the usefulness of the Apple Pencil in replacing a mouse – so will this year be any different?
iPad Pro 10.5 price and release date
Let's not mess about here: the price of the iPad Pro 10.5 borders on eye-watering. It's £619 / $649 / AU$979 for the base model without cellular data – and that's if you only want 64GB storage.
That'll be acceptable for some, but many users will probably want the 256GB model, which hikes the price up to £709 / $749 / AU$1129 – and it's £889 / $949 / AU$1429 if you want the 512GB model, although that's probably a bit overkill for anyone who doesn't need the security of half a terabyte of space.
This is a surprising jump in price, given that last year's iPad Pro 9.7 cost $599 / £499 / AU$899.
There are some key upgrades to the chipset and screen size / technology, but considering that last year's model was perfectly adequate in many ways it's curious that Apple is pushing the cost up once again, and explains the decision to remove the 9.7-inch tablet from its stores.
In terms of the iPad Pro 10.5 release schedule, the tablet will begin shipping from June 12 in selected markets, including the US and the UK.
If you're familiar with any kind of iPad, then the new iPad Pro 10.5 isn't going to be a surprise. You've got the same rounded metallic back (and now there's no plastic cut-out at the top of the device for the antennas, which improves the aesthetic) and it's incredibly light in the hand at 469 grams.
Even with the Smart Keyboard attached it's almost impossible to detect the presence of the new iPad Pro when it's thrown in a bag, and on its own it's a great tablet to hold for extended periods.
The protruding camera on the back irks slightly – you'd think that on a device this size there would be space to make it flush – but given that it's using the same sensor as in the iPhone 7, we can see the choice Apple made here.
Keeping the components smaller this way means there's more space for the speakers, which have large resonance chambers to amplify the sounds coming out from the new iPad Pro. We're so glad Apple decided to do this, as the audio from this tablet is just sensational – more on that later.
It's perhaps a shame that the new Pro 10.5 isn't waterproof, as Apple clearly has the ability to make it so, as it demonstrated with the iPhone 7.
However, apart from enabling it to be safely used in the bath or by the pool, waterproofing on a tablet is less necessary than on a phone, which can be accidentally dunked into many more wet things due to its size.
It feels redundant to talk about the build quality of this tablet, because the higher premium placed on Apple products does guarantee something that's made to last and feel good in the hand.
The buttons feel well machined and have a pleasing travel, everything is easy to find under the finger and the TouchID sensor at the base of the device is swift to respond, and within reach whichever orientation you hold the tablet in.
You'll spend a lot on this device, but at least you'll get something that seems to justify the cost in terms of build quality.
The screen on the iPad Pro 10.5 is one of the best we've seen on a tablet, thanks to the wider color gamut, brightness and overall sharpness.
This is the area where Apple has put in the most effort, and it shows. The instant you pick up the iPad Pro 10.5 you'll be taken with how little bezel there is, and how swiftly it works under the finger.
Apple has jammed a lot of new technology into the screen to make it the standout feature of the iPad Pro 10.5… but there's a feeling that perhaps it's overkill, especially as it's likely the reason the cost has risen so much.
The screen looks better – but does it really add enough to the experience?
It's definitely an upgrade, although you feel like it's still constrained somehow, as the 12.9-inch model is just so much more expansive.
However, there is more screen real estate to play with, while Apple has maintained sharpness levels by putting 1668 x 2224 pixels onto the display to balance out by the larger size, which is a good move.
The display is capable of going even brighter than on previous tablets, heading up to 600 nits, which means it's capable of showing HDR movies in all their glory. That's a great thing in theory, as the visual quality of some programming on the iPad will look amazing.
We say in theory as this has been impossible to test, as trying to stream content from YouTube hasn't given the full HDR effect, and HDR-capable video files won't copy across to the iPad.
In short, and as you'll see in a later section, it's not easy to access HDR content yet, so one of the selling points of the iPad Pro 10.5 isn't fully accessible.
The ProMotion display technology is something that's worth looking at in greater depth, as it's something Apple highlighted many times during the launch and during demonstrations.
The idea is that the screen's frame rate will vary depending on what's being shown– when scrolling through the home screen or flipping through a web page it'll be 120 frames per second to offer the smoothest experience possible, but when showing a static image will drop right down to preserve battery.
When playing video things shouldn't be that much different to normal, so don't worry that your movies will look weird – the dynamic refresh rate is there to save battery as much as anything.
It's hard to say how necessary this technology is, especially from a visual standpoint – we found it noticeably slicker when scrolling through the home page, and the animations between apps seemed clearer than ever, but that might not impress many general users.
However, we kept feeling that just flicking around the iPad was just a generally more slick experience – there's definitely an upgrade both visually and in terms of speed under the finger.
There wasn't a huge amount wrong with the refresh rate on previous iPads, and the ProMotion technology basically offers battery saving… and there's not really a lot needed for a tablet. It probably has some effect if you're using the iPad Pro day in, day out, but we didn't spot a huge change.
The TrueTone display is a hard one to assess – it mimics the lighting conditions around you by measuring the color of what's doing the illuminating, so the screen will look different when using it by lamplight and outdoors.
It's easy to say that TrueTone technology doesn't do anything… until you turn it off in the settings. Then you'll see there's a genuine and pleasant difference, especially when using the iPad Pro 10.5 by lamplight.
Overall, the screen quality of the iPad Pro 10.5 is stunning in so many ways – but there's still the question of whether it's actually overkill.
If you're an Apple fan and just crave the best of what's on offer, then this tablet will impress without doubt.
Better colours, brighter scenes and an anti-reflective layer make it easy to use in any environment – it's just whether the improved frame rate is really worth the extra money, when we bet some people might not even notice the difference.
If there's one thing that's going to confuse you about this review, it's the fact that we won't be talking about most of the stuff that Apple talked about on stage at the WWDC launch.
We mean the new Files app, the improved split screen mode and the ability to call up the dock at the bottom of the display to easily flip between apps.
There's no redesigned Control Center, nor is there the upgraded view of all your open apps and a much easier way to sort through them.
That's because the iPad Pro 10.5 is going to launch with iOS 10, but was shown off with the new iOS 11 software, which will upgrade the functionality of the device.
We'll obviously be re-reviewing the new iPad Pro when the software lands in a few weeks for the public beta program, and then again when the final release appears in the coming months, but for now we're stuck in the past with iOS 10.
It's hard not to be grumpy, because the difference between the two platforms is so stark. We've mentioned the main elements, but being able to call up the open apps dock from the bottom of the screen would be a dream, and so easy to do even when in typing mode.
Now, you're forced to move your fingers away and double-tap the home button, or use a keyboard shortcut to flip between open apps.
The split screen view is fine – and designed for the iPad Pro range too. You can swipe over from the right-hand side and call up all manner of apps, but not as many as will be likely on offer with the new software.
That said, iOS 10 is still a fine platform for the iPad in terms of day to day use as it's such a simple system to use for tablet.
Putting the apps in the easy grid formation is still the easiest way to interact with your finger on a device such as this, and the swiping ability from each corner feels genuinely useful. Pulling the notification bar from the top, the Control Center from the bottom and the split screen / slide over view from the right is pretty useful, and as mentioned is going to get even better with iOS 11.
Apple still has a touch of work to do with its widgets, which appear when you swipe right on the main home page.
Yes, they're useful and if you set it up just as you want you'll get a decent amount of information into your eyeballs (such as the quickest train home, trending news topics or simply more detailed updates on all the devices connected via Bluetooth) but it still feels a little… blocky.
It's hard to say what Apple is going to do here, but it made a big deal about Siri and machine learning when announcing the iOS 11 software, so perhaps this can become more contextual.
The performance of the iPad Pro 10.5, with the new Fusion A10X chip (offering six cores of varying power to accomplish different tasks) pushing things along nicely. According to GeekBench 4, there's 4GB of RAM inside this tablet, and that's probably enough to get through any task that can be thrown at it.
Talking of GeekBench, this iPad is really powerful. It clocks in at 9290 through our tests, and that's about 50% more powerful than the Samsung Galaxy S8, which is one of the strongest mobile handsets on the market.
Apple really isn't lying about putting the best of the best in its A10X chipset – this is, by far, the most impressive mobile CPU we've seen, and makes the decision from Samsung to put the Snapdragon 820 chipset in the Galaxy Tab S3 seem like a backwards step.
The ProMotion display does a good job of hiding any lag, such is the speed of the display, but in truth we've rarely seen any issue with the iPad Pro and slowing down at all.
Photo editing is almost instant (admittedly, depending on the app and intensity of the task you're trying to achieve) and every app opens and closes with consummate ease. There is still some lag when waiting to process more advanced photo changes, but it's minimal.
iOS 10 is a fine platform for the iPad, but it doesn't pack the changes that will make this a real laptop competitor.
Movies and music
If you're looking for a compact tablet that can double as a decent speaker, then you should just buy the iPad Pro 10.5, no question.
The sound quality and volume coming from this two-in-one device is sensational – nobody that's heard it has said been anything other than impressed. That's due to the larger chambers we spoke about in the design section, which allow greater sound to reverberate and spill out in a more accurate sound.
As such, if you're listening to music when making dinner or noodling around in the kitchen, the sound quality is great – audio is sharp and expansive, but most importantly loud. It's not going to rival a Sonos speaker or the upcoming Apple HomePod, but for a makeshift – or even replacement – Bluetooth speaker the iPad Pro 10.5 is a great choice.
When it comes to movies, if you're ever in the mood for watching a movie without headphones, whether that be on a bed with a partner indoors (or by yourself, cradling a lasagne for one) you'll get a perfect performance from the iPad Pro.
Even outdoors, with the wind and cars roaring by, we were able to hear a movie completely, far more accurately than expected. It was so loud that we started to worry about disturbing people 20 meters away, which shows the range the new iPad Pro has.
The only thing that outdoes it is the iPad Pro 12.9, which has larger speaker chambers and generates an even louder and more realistic sound – but that comes with an even higher cost, and most will be more than happy with the output from the iPad Pro 10.5.
Watching movies on the smaller of the two Pro models is great – as you'd expect with something that has such a powerful screen.
The ProMotion dynamic frame rate is pretty unnoticeable in movie-watching mode, other than optimising the battery life. However, that doesn't matter here because the overall image quality for movies is superb as well.
The higher brightness, combined with the lower reflectivity of the iPad Pro 10.5, makes it possible to sit in direct sunlight and still comfortably watch a movie. The low reflection is really impressive actually – we tried the same movie on the iPhone 7 Plus and the HTC U11, and both of those were far more mirror-like.
It's not perfect – you'll still be able to see yourself and light from behind – but it's, again, another feature that goes some way to justifying the price of this tablet.
The biggest shame is that there's so little HDR movie content available to be viewed on the iPad, as it can handle that level of visual quality. There will be a slew coming from Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, but as yet it's pretty hard to find.
The battery life on the iPad Pro 10.5 is, well, rather dependent on what you actually do with it. If you're just going to leave it in a bag for days on end, pulling it out for a spot of word processing or the odd movie, you'll easily get a week's worth of standby from a single charge.
However, you'd have to wonder why anyone would spend so much money on a tablet like this and then just use it a couple of times a week. Where it really shines is as a laptop replacement, and that's where the battery life is a bit harder to quantify.
If you're using the new iPad Pro as a word-processing machine, then we found that the battery depleted around 12-13% per hour with the screen turned up to a higher brightness, which is a more comfortable working environment.
However, trying to download files on Safari then switching back and forth between Pages to write this review (trying to get an HDR movie to show up for the testing) saw it deplete a little faster, probably close to 15-20% per hour.
So if you're thinking of using this as a laptop replacement, then you'll probably be looking at around 6-7 hours' use on a single charge (depending on how bright you have the screen) with a drop of 2-3 hours if you're going to be doing more hardcore photo processing tasks.
We managed to do watch some video, browse the internet and do a lot of writing using the Smart Keyboard, and the battery was nearly dead in six and half hours' constant use.
In terms of the battery test we conduct on all devices (running a Full HD movie at maximum brightness for 90 minutes) the result of 18% drop being a rather good result indeed. Compare that to the iPad Pro 9.7, which has fewer pixels to drive, but dropped 22% for the same test.
That proves that the mixture of the A10X chipset and the ProMotion dynamic display gives an even better battery life for media – it's probably the more efficient engine inside that's keeping things going for longer.
Does the iPad Pro 10.5 have good battery life? For a laptop replacement it's probably slightly shorter-lasting that notebooks that have a far lower cost, which may play into the minds of some.
However, it makes up for that drain in portability, with the iPad Pro 10.5 offering impressive battery life for a device of this size, and for media it's rather good. It's not as good as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, for instance, in terms of lasting for battery, but it's still more than acceptable for a tablet of this size.
It's still hard for us to talk about the camera on any iPad, because it means that people will be taking snaps with a tablet – and that's something that shouldn't happen.
We're almost annoyed that Apple decided to make the camera sensor so competent on the iPad Pro 10.5, as it means that some people will be encouraged to take pictures using the larger device.
There's a 12MP sensor with optical image stabilisation on the back, with an f/1.8 aperture. The front-facing sensor is 7MP, and comes with the same power as on the iPhone. Just be careful when taking a photo with the 'flash' on, as the screen is so big that it's rather blinding.
The results are strong though, and in bright light the photos you'll take will look especially great, with the larger display allowing you to really get involved with the snaps you're taking.
The front-facing camera, which is arguably the more important of the sensors, is very good too, taking good natural pictures even in darker conditions. It also comes with Live Photos functionality and the ability to take a square picture, should you be desperate to make Instagrammable snaps from the front of an iPad.
One of the key strengths of the iPad Pro 10.5 camera has yet to be fully realised with this high-power sensor in a tablet, as without the launch of iOS 11, there's no inbuilt document scanning.
However, using this with other apps shows that it is worth having a powerful sensor in the camera on the iPad Pro, as scanning in images and text is much sharper with the improved brightness and clarity on offer.
The iPad Pro 10.5 is also an excellent tool for editing photos, with the speed with which it can handle complex tasks impressive. However, for the person on the street that doesn't have any complex knowledge of photo manipulation, there's probably too much power on offer here, as the basic photo editing tools (allowing you to tweak the color and white balance, or apply an effect) are just fine.
Importing photos from the cloud makes more sense here, as it allows you to make use of the clear and bright screen to properly edit and change your basic snaps.
The Smart Keyboard has been upgraded from the one available on the iPad Pro 9.7 compared to the larger model today, with more keys on offer but maintaining the same cloth-like covering and lower-travel key press.
It takes some getting used to, but most people trying out this keyboard will get up to speed in no time at all – after a day or two, we barely noticed any loss in typing speed whatsoever, although there was some drop in accuracy thanks to the keys not being as easy to define under the digits.
It's a shame that Apple hasn't made an all-in-one protective case for the iPad Pro range, choosing to go with the single-side cover the keyboard offers.
We've been using the Logitech Create keyboard cover, which is tough and has backlit keys with long travel – that's the kind of thing we'd love to see Apple offer, but it seems locked to the Smart Keyboard for now.
At least on the iPad Pro 10.5 the keyboard has the full gamut of keys – the modified shape of the chassis could have meant that fewer were on offer, but they're all present and correct.
Sitting the iPad Pro on one's lap with the Smart Keyboard attached is a decent experience – there's a sense it's going to topple over, but actually we never had an issue with it flipping over our knees, and sat on a desk it's at a perfect angle to get typing at.
The Smart Keyboard comes in at $159 / £159 / AU$235, which seems rather steep for an add-on that many other tablet manufacturers are offering in the box. The iPad Pro rather needs this accessory to make it, well, useful for professionals, so it adds a premium to the already high price.
Apple's stylus-that's-definitely-not-a-stylus hasn't been updated to go with the new iPad range, but it does work better on the iPad Pro 10.5 simply because the screen responds more quickly due to improved latency.
It still can take a little while to get used to using the Pencil as an interaction tool – and no matter what Apple or anyone says about the 'feel', sliding across the screen with the rubber tip doesn't feel anything like writing on paper.
It makes it harder to take notes with the same level of precision as a pen and paper combination, but it's not impossible… just that your handwriting will look a little less impressive.
However, for photo editing or finer inputs, it's a very good idea to invest in the Pencil (if you can afford it at $99 / £99 / AU$145) as more complex tasks like photo editing, graphic design or just painting apps are far more advanced with the nuanced touch the Pencil offers.
We still wish there was more functionality built into the Apple Pencil, in the same way Microsoft has lumped in a few decent options with the stylus on the Surface Pro range.
For instance, it would be great if there was a home button on there that could be easily clicked and take you back to the main screen, held down to activate Siri or flick open the control panel.
When you're holding the Pencil it's annoying to have to put it down to hit the round button at the bottom of the iPad – we ended up tapping it with the point of the Pencil at times, which feels throughly counter-intuitive.
There's a new accessory in the mix this year for the iPad Pro range: a leather sleeve with microfiber innards to keep your tablet sleek and clean.
There's even a slot to slip your Apple Pencil at the top – and it'll fit the iPad Pro 10.5 in even with the Smart Keyboard on, thus solving the problem of how to transport all your Apple tablet gadgets around in one go without worry over damage.
It's a lot more money again: $149 / £129 / AU$189, but it is a sleek way to keep your tablet safe, if you like to stick with official Apple products and don't want to see what the third party world comes up with in a month or two.
Is the iPad Pro 10.5 the perfect device to help you drop that ageing laptop? Well, not really… but it does have some charms that are worth checking out.
We tried to write and upload this review using only the iPad itself – a task with plenty of challenges on the way.
Firstly – writing the darn thing. That's where the iPad Pro 10.5 was the strongest, thanks to being so portable. We were able to slip it into a bag and take it anywhere, writing at tables in cafes, whipping it out on the train between stops to begin tapping away again and just pulling it out in a park to finish things off.
The Smart Keyboard, as discussed, is a good enough replacement but we're looking forward to some third-party options making use of the Smart Connector to being bigger keys with better travel.
Then came the photos of the iPad Pro 10.5 – and that's where things get more tricky. We shot them on the iPhone 7 Plus and uploaded to Google Photos (as iCloud is full, as it is for most people it seems).
From there we downloaded them to the iPad Pro 10.5 and did some basic editing to crop them to size and tweak the colors simply in the Photos app. We did download Affinity Photo to try and dial things up a notch, but quickly realised that this Photoshop substitute was going to need a rather large amount of time learning how to use it.
The Apple Pencil is a good way to go about this though – it's easier than using the fingers, especially when trying to be nuanced in your settings – but it's still tough to remember to use it in place of a mouse when fingers would do.
So the pictures weren't perfect, and despite the power of Affinity Photo we were still yearning for the laptop to really get our edit on.
Then came putting the review onto the site – and that's where things started to unravel. We could upload photos (and from iOS 11, you'll be able to do directly to an image server through the new Files app) although the smaller screen made dealing with an interface designed for a mouse input a little fiddly.
Then the moment where it fell apart: we couldn't input text for some reason, as our platform for inputting work wasn't able to accept text on an iPad… so we had to finally crack open the laptop.
Oh, it was like coming up for air. There's no doubt that the iPad Pro is an adequate substitute, but there's no way we'd ever choose it over a dedicated laptop.
Using a mouse and larger keyboard was wonderful, the bigger screen and better weight of the device sitting nicely on the lap… while you can do so much stuff with the iPad, it's just easier on a proper laptop.
So this review you're seeing now was mostly achieved on the iPad Pro, and with some tinkering and time dedicated to learning a few new apps, we can see it being even more useful.
It's also got a lot better as a laptop replacement since the first iPad Pro came out in 2015… and if you're after the full Apple experience, there's not a lot better.
The portability is what sells it as a laptop replacement – if you're after something that can go in and out a bag for multiple different purposes a day, this is a great choice.
But we'd be tempted to use it as well as a laptop, not instead of – it's an expensive luxury to have, but one we enjoyed having the option to use.
The iPad Pro 10.5 is a stunning machine in many ways. The speed and raw power on offer when doing pretty much any task on it can't be understated, and the upgrades to the screen are just beautiful at times.
The issue comes when comparing what's on offer to the cost – when you add up all the things you need to make the iPad Pro a real laptop competitor – the Smart Keyboard, Apple Pencil and the iPad itself – you're looking at around $900 / £900 / AU$1200, and that's verging on MacBook territory.
That would be less of an issue if iOS 11 was available right now, as the new OS really does help the iPad Pro to feel like a laptop replacement – but right now, we feel like we're reviewing a tablet with the best part missing.
The camera, battery life, screen technology and audio output are all top-notch in the tablet world, and there's no doubting this is the best tablet on the market right now (with the only competitor being the iPad Pro 12.9, and the Surface Pro 4, a laptop that masquerades as a tablet).
Who's this for?
This depends on what you'll really use it for. If you're an on-the-go worker who needs powerful applications, and your company has an IT system that has vetted and understood the software you need (and you really value portability), then the iPad Pro 10.5 is unrivalled.
Or if you're someone that really likes to watch media on the go – whether that's over headphones (it has a headphone jack!), or just playing a movie or music when lounging around at home – the speakers and visual clarity on this tablet are excellent; they're really among the best on the market, if not the best, and you'll not want for anything if you're a movie buff.
In reality, the main reason to buy the iPad Pro 10.5 (or get your company to supply you with one) is the portability – this is power in a miniature form, and great for just slinging in a bag and pulling out anywhere you just need to work.
You'd still want a 'proper' laptop around, but for many day to day tasks the iPad Pro 10.5 is a strong replacement… as long as you can afford it.
Should I buy it?
For the 'average' user – someone coming from the iPad Air 2 or just looking to upgrade another old tablet – it's hard to recommend the 10.5.
Most people won't need the raw power on offer, and won't want to spend the extra money on the accessories that make this a competent laptop replacement.
You'll have to be someone that really just loves what Apple is putting out there; the iPad Pro 10.5 is an exceptional device in many ways, but struggles at times to justify the price tag – especially without iOS 11 there to make it a real rival to a laptop at the moment.
Not convinced by Apple's newest iPad? How about these instead?
iPad Pro 12.9
The 'big' iPad Pro has been given an upgrade to match the power inside the smaller iPad Pro 10.5 – you're basically getting this tablet, but supersized.
The main differences with the iPad Pro 12.9 are more pixels on the larger screen, a better audio experience thanks to the bigger resonance chambers and a higher price – but if you're going to spend big on a tablet, you might as well go for the largest option around.
iPad Pro 9.7
Technically this tablet is off-sale now, as Apple has ceased selling it, but you'll still be able to find it in plenty of shops for a while.
The screen on the 9.7-inch Pro is smaller (obviously) and less bright, and the bezels are more chunky around. However, it's cheaper and doesn't lose that much by not having the ProMotion display or the raw power.
If you're looking at an iPad Pro that will function as a cost-effective laptop as well, this is a great choice if you can find it.
Perhaps you know you want a new iPad, and have been entranced by the iPad Pro. Take a moment and think about what you want – is it just something you can browse the internet on, watch the odd movie and maybe do some writing once in a while?
Well, you should probably check out the New iPad Apple brought out this year to replace the Air range… it's not as powerful but if you pair with with third party keyboard (Apple doesn't make one itself) you'll be able to perform a number of similar tasks to the Pro… just not the really powerful ones.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
Whisper it quietly, but there are some decent Android options out there, and Samsung's is the best of the bunch, with a great screen that offers HDR support.
However, you'd have to really not want an iPad to go for an Android device (or be embedded in the ecosystem heavily) to not want to by an Apple tablet – that's got a far better app ecosystem and the iPad Pro 10.5 is much, much more powerful than the Tab S3 that's using a chipset from 2016.
That said, it is cheaper… just not by much.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Anyone arguing about which two in one tablet is the best will always use the Pro 4 as an alternative – and there are some valid points.
It truly is a laptop 'replacement'… insofar that it is a laptop with a removable screen. Windows 10 as an OS doesn't really work as well as iOS for touch input, and the iPad has more apps.
However, there's a wealth of Windows software out there and it offers true multitasking… although the iPad Pro 10.5 will be more of a rival there when iOS 11 lands.