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Although the new 9.7 inch iPad Pro is superior to the 2015 12 inch iteration in some regards, including better cameras and display, it appears the raw processor is not as identical as Apple implied in its presentation. Although both models have an A9X processor, the 9.7 inch version actually has half the RAM and a slightly-lower clock speed CPU (via @panzer). Whilst the big iPad Pro has 4 GB RAM, the 9.7 inch iPad Pro has just 2 GB like the iPhone 6s.

As shown in the tweet, Geekbench reports 2 GB RAM and marginally slower clock speed. This results in a Geekbench score of 3022, consequently lower than what the 12.9 inch iPad Pro achieves on average.

Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch Editor-in-Chief, has also confirmed that the iPhone SE also features 2 GB RAM. This is largely unsurprisingly and matches expectations that the A9 chip in the SE mirrors the iPhone 6s internals.

The 2 GB RAM technical specs for the iPad Pro may disappoint some people. The 9.7 inch iPad Pro does better the 12 inch version in some respects. It features a 12-megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front camera, 4K video recording and Live Photos. The 12.9 inch iPad Pro includes inferior camera components.

Check our full comparison between the two iPad Pro sizes here. Interested customers can order the new iPad from Thursday, with prices starting from $599.

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