iPad Pro (2020) vs iPad mini (5th generation) – Apple’s Largest & Smallest Tablets Face Off!

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 03/23/20 •  5 min read

Apple makes a slew of tablets that come in a wide range of sizes. The biggest tablets Apple makes is the 12.9in and 11in iPad Pro. The smallest is the 7.9in iPad mini. And those are the tablets we’re going to be taking a look at in this comparison.

I know, it sounds insane that the iPad Pro and iPad mini could even be comparable. But you know what? They actually have more similarities than the regular 7th generation iPad does right now.

So, just how do the new iPad Pro (2020) and the current iPad mini (5th generation) stack up? Let’s take a look.

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iPad Pro (2020) vs iPad mini (5th generation) Quick Comparison

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Design

Winner? iPad Pro (2020) – The iPad Pro features an all-screen design with modern touches like support for the new trackpad keyboard, the Apple Pencil 2, and Face ID.

Displays

Winner? iPad Pro (2020) – The iPad Pro gives you the option of two display sizes, each of which are much larger than the iPad mini (‘natch). Those displays are also edge-to-edge thanks to Face ID. It also sports a True Tone display with a wide color gamut.

CPU/Processor

Winner? iPad Pro (2020) – The A12Z is faster and more powerful than the A12 – but only by about 20% to 30% in real-world use. It also offers improved graphics support for advanced augmented reality.

Camera

Winner? iPad Pro (2020) – It’s got a dual-lens camera setup and also sports a new LiDAR sensor for augmented reality tasks. That’s not even to mention that the iPad Pro shoots 4K video while the iPad mini only shoots 1080p video.

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Storage Options

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Battery Life

Winner? Draw – The battery life is identical.

Price

Verdict?

Realistically, the iPad Pro and the iPad mini are targeting people in two different markets. The iPad Pro is the most advanced tablet Apple has ever made and features advanced kit like the LiDAR sensor, dual-lens camera, trackpad keyboard (optional), and support for the Apple Pencil 2.

The iPad mini, on the other hand, is mainly a content consumption device built for games, videos, and web browsing. However, the two tablets do have more in common than the current iPad does. Both the iPad mini and iPad Pro use variants of the A12 chipset, while the current iPad is stuck on the A10 chipset.

Overall, however, which one you choose to get will be a simple choice. If you want Apple’s tiniest tablet for content consumption – the iPad mini is perfect for you. Looking for more of a laptop replacement? Get the iPad Pro.

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iPad Pro (2020) vs iPad mini (5th generation): Specs

Here are the specs for the iPad Pro (2020):

And here are the specs for the iPad mini (5th generation):

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Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.
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