Test: Apple iPad Pro 12.9 LTE ​​256 GB in the test

Apple iPad Pro 2018 – Review

Conclusion from 11. 09. 2019

In the test, the Apple iPad Pro convinced 12. 9 LTE ​​(2018) especially with an excellent display with 120 Hertz and a first class performance. Unlike the iPhone – 11 – Apple uses one generation USB type-C connector. This is practical, the loading time is not spectacular, but it is fine. Rather, the high prices for tablets and accessories are worth criticizing. Overall, the iPad Pro 12. 9 but a powerful tablet with smooth handling and a very good battery life.

Excellent display with 120 Hertz
Great performance
USB-C connector
High price & expensive accessories
No classic headphone jack
Long loading time

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The values ​​in the article refer to the test time of the product ( 11. 09. 2019 ) .

The ratings below show how it compares to the other products in the leaderboard.

Test ratings (compared to all tested products in this category)

Apple iPad Pro 12. 9 2018 in the test: Excellent ergonomics

The Apple iPad Per 2018 especially appeals to those who use their tablets in the creative and professional field want to use. In the test, it delivered very good values ​​in all categories, especially the display and the performance are hard to beat. More on that later, first a few words about optics.

The iPad Pro 2018 reminiscent of Apple's iPhones from series X: The iconic home button is missing, but the gesture control known from the iPhones and FaceID technology are available. The display edges are significantly wider than on the iPhones, but the iPad Pro has no recess at the top of the display (notch).

The iPad Pro is in a high-quality aluminum housing , There are no sharp edges or corners. There are two sizes to choose from: 11 and 12, 9 inches. Be The colors silver and gray are available. The iPad Pro is both with and without an LTE module and with an internal memory of 64 GByte, 256 GByte, 512 GByte or 1 TByte available , The introductory prices for the smallest variant are lush 1. 000 Euro (or 1. 199 Euro for the LTE version) and climb up to 2 for the 1 TB model. 000 Euro.

In our test we refer to the variant with LTE and 256 GByte storage space. She is 280 mm high, 214 mm wide and with a thickness of 8.3 mm pleasantly thin. Only the protruding camera on the back could interfere with handling.

The iPad Pro 2018 offers with 12, 9 inches in the diagonal and very thin edges plenty of space for professional applications. Photo: David Burger / CHIP

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iPad Pro 2018 in the test: Excellent 120 – Hertz display

With a screen size of 12, 9 inches belongs to the iPad Pro 2018 to the largest tablets in test field and invites you to photo editing or multitasking with multiple apps.

The IPS panel in 4: 3 format solves with 2. 732 x 2. 048 pixels on and supports HDR 10 and DolbyVision. A highlight: The refresh rate, like the predecessor, is extremely smooth 120 Hertz. The difference to conventional displays with 60 Hertz is particularly evident when scrolling through websites or photos – here, the movements seem much smoother.

Another advantage is revealed in interaction with the separately available Apple Pencil: the minimal input delay of around 20 milliseconds is practically imperceptible; the handwritten text appears immediately on the display. Up to 642 Candela per square meter (cd / m²) the panel turns out to be extremely bright and also the contrast values ​​for direct (16, 9: 1) and diffuse (85: 1) Ambient light is significantly higher than with other tablets in our leaderboard. This becomes noticeable, for example, when working on the iPad Pro outdoors. This makes it easier to read content through strong contrasts.

As far as colors are concerned, there is no cause for criticism. Both the standard RGB and the large DCI-P3 color space are covered comprehensively, pictures are displayed with natural and rich colors.

Bright, colorful and smooth: The display of the iPad Pro 2018 convinced in the test. Photo: David Burger / CHIP

iPad Pro 2018 in the test: performance at its best

If you want your tablet to be handled quickly and smoothly, you won't be disappointed. The performance is with Apple's A 12 X-Bionic processor and Supporting 4 GB of RAM is more than sufficient for games or 4K video editing. There are no stutters or long loading times here. This is also shown by our laboratory measurements: In the 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme Unlimited benchmark test, the device achieved excellent 9th 507 points and sets a new best value. For comparison: The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 reaches 6. 015 points, the Huawei Media Pad T5 even only 478. Our self-created test PDF renders the iPad Pro 2018 in brisk 3 seconds, also a top value. And finally, the iPad Pro in the GFX Bench with Apple-optimized metal API for games from the competition is hopelessly running away.

In combination with the new gestures that have been around since then iPhone X knows, the handling is fun and is very intuitive.

In our battery test, the iPad Pro holds a 9th 720 mAh battery short 13 hours of non-stop video playback. With continuous surfing there are almost 11 hours. It is a very good result. The charging time is not spectacular at around three and a half hours, but it is okay.

Unlike the iPhone – 11 – Generation Apple uses a USB Type-C port. This is practical because with iPadOS 13 can no longer only be used Connect monitors and cameras, but also hard drives and USB sticks.

In the iPad Pro 2018 is Apple's A 12 X-Bionic processor. The performance is top class along with 4 GB of RAM. Photo: David Burger / CHIP

FaceID in any orientation

On the back of the iPad Pro 12. 9 2018 is a camera with optical image stabilization and with a resolution known from the iPhones of 12 Megapixels installed. Apple's Smart HDR has also made it onto the iPad Pro. This should make the shots more detailed, since several exposure levels are combined to form one shot.

On the front is a 7 megapixel front camera. This enables FaceID to unlock the device via face recognition. Unlocking works both portrait and landscape, and it is as pleasantly quick and reliable as with the iPhones. Simply lifting the iPad is not enough, the display must be briefly tapped before using Face ID. If the camera is accidentally covered by a finger, iOS sends a notification.

There are also new features, such as a portrait mode with background blur and portrait light. The latter enables various lighting effects, such as “stage lighting”, in which the background is shown in black. Apple's Animoji and Memoji are also available for fun creation of funny characters (or yourself). The iPad Pro takes videos in 4K with up to 60 images per second.

In the By comparison, the images from the iPad camera are among the best in the test – Apple is currently only competing with itself.

On the back of the iPad Pro 2018 sits a 12 – megapixel camera. Photo: David Burger / CHIP

Equipment with few gaps

The equipment of the iPad Pro 12. 9 leaves little to be desired. In the LTE variant, 1 gigabit per second is theoretically possible in the downstream. However, this is currently only a theoretical advantage, since in Germany at LTE with around 500 Mbit / s in the top is over. Apple has switched the LTE versions to the eSIM known from the new iPhones. But a nano SIM card can also be used. However, there is no dual SIM function like the new iPhones.

The new iPad supports brisk AC-WLAN and the current Bluetooth standard 5.0. The four speakers deliver a good, spatial sound. It's fun when you watch movies or listen to music without headphones. Speaking of headphones: There was no more space in the iPad Pro for a classic 3.5 mm headphone jack 12. 9 – too bad.

If you don't just want to use the tablet with your finger, you can use approximately 120 Euro use the Apple Pencil 2 as a stylus (by the way, it is not compatible with the older models). The matching Apple Smart Keyboard, which also serves as a tablet case, beats with approximately 220 Euro to book – proud prices for mere accessories , After all, the new keyboard protects the entire back of the tablet and appears more stable than before. This is useful if you have it on your lap in an airplane or at university. The new Apple Pencil 2 holds magnetically on the frame of the iPad and charges wirelessly. In addition, he now also reacts to touch: If you hold the pen and tap twice on the side with your finger, you can automatically switch between applications.

The 120 – Hz display is a lot of fun, but reflects something in sunlight. Photo: David Burger / CHIP

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Viviane  Osswald

Viviane Osswald

Viviane As a volunteer, Osswald supports the editorial team in the area of ​​test and purchase advice. She writes about current trends in the smartphone market and tests the latest devices. She also keeps an eye on the smartphone periphery.




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