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The smaller version of the iPad Pro with a 12.9-inch screen was announced on March 21 and its pricing starts at $599, with $200 less that the original tablet. We’ve read many reviews about this new device, and opinions are divided, subjective, because not everyone thinks alike, so we will tell how what others think about the 9.7 iPad Pro, which has almost the same hardware configuration as the 12.9-inch model that was released in November 2015.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is powered by a Dual-core 2.16 GHz (Twister) processor, which is based on the latest Apple A9X chipset alongside a PowerVR Series 7 (12-core graphics) GPU and 2GB of RAM (instead of 4GB) and its three variants of internal storage have capacities of 32, 128 and 256GB. The cameras are the ones from the iPhone 6S, with resolutions of 12MP (back) and 5MP (front), but the LED flash wasn’t included. Under the aluminum chassis hides a built-in 27.5-watt-hour rechargeable lithium polymer battery, which offers ten hours of multimedia usage.

Here are a few of examples of reviews written by the best products editors:

Andrew Cunningham (Ars Technica)

First, he made a reference to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, saying that the tablet is large and expensive, and the iOS limitations are very frustrating. As for the smaller version, “At $599 (plus the cost of accessories), this tablet is competing more against midrange Windows PCs, and it’s substantially cheaper than any MacBook that Apple offers. For many active but less-demanding users, the strength of the hardware and the relative simplicity of the software could be enough to recommend it, though for the time being there are things that regular old Windows PCs are just better at than iOS is (including running legacy apps and connecting to just about anything that needs a standard USB port). It really depends on how you work and what you need to do.” As a final word, he doesn’t recommend those who have an iPad 2, or a newer Retina iPad or the first iPad Air to upgrade to iPad Pro.

Lance Ulanoff (Mashable)

He has a different opinion, considering the 9.7-inch iPad a flagship that is worth buying because “It’s kind of mind-blowing how much power there is in this lightweight tablet. Benchmark numbers are just as good as the ones I saw on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, despite the fact that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro has half as much RAM (2GB versus 4 GB on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro). […] Did Apple just raise the price of the best iPad? Yes, it did. Is it worth it? When you consider the components and storage in the $599, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, absolutely.”

David Phelan (The Independent)

He is very excited about the possibility to attach a keyboard to iPad Pro, using the Smart Connector buttons from the edge, and transforming it “into an extremely effective laptop alternative, complete with touchscreen, unlike Apple’s own laptops. In fact, the touchscreen works so well with the iPad Pro and keyboard, it’s hard to think Apple isn’t considering making a MacBook with touch-sensitive display. We’ll see. […] But the real reason this is the best iPad yet built is because it combines a stunning display, stonking audio and relentless processing power into a tablet that’s supremely portable.”