Personally I would say, go with the 10.5". -double the refresh rate -A10X Fusion -Slightly larger screen in a similar size footprint -about the same price even though 1 and a half years newer... -weight difference is negligible... I have the 9.7" Pro as well as the 12.9" and I will be upgrading... probably 256 GB ( although maybe 512), Wifi only, definitely Space Gray. I am a big fan of the small frame design also. Plus some of the new accessories are very appealing for instance: the brown leather slip sleeve or the brown leather Smart Cover! And with the 120Hz refresh rate the Pencil is supposed to improve as well. Plus the keyboard cover for the 10.5 is full sized now. Even if it does weigh a little bit more I think the benefits outweigh that minor inconvenience. On the other hand, I have nothing but praise for the 9.7" Pro having had it since March, or something like that. So I guess it's a personal decision but my advice would probably be to future proof your purchase as much as possible.