Microsoft Surface RT or Microsoft Surface Pro

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Microsoft launched a series of Tablets called Microsoft Surface on June 18th 2012. These Surfaces come in two versions one with Windows 8 Pro and the other with Windows RT.

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Microsoft Surface Pro

The Windows 8 Pro uses an Intel CPU while the Windows RT uses an ARM CPU. While both Surfaces are capable to install new applications through Windows Store only the Windows 8 Pro has the capability to install traditional third party desktop programs.

But how to decide which one to choose?

Here are a few facts about the two which might help you make up your mind on which one of these two better suits your requirements.

Microsoft Surface RT

This model has an ARM processor and even though it has the classic desktop it is incapable to run legacy apps. It is currently available at the market and was launched on October 16th 2012 at a price of $499.00.

Hardware:

  • 0.37 inches: Thickness

  • 6.77 inches: Height

  • 10.81 inches: Width

  • 1.5 pounds: Weight

  • Black: Color

  • Stereo: Speakers

Display

  • 10.6: Screen size (diagonal)

  • LCD: Technology

  • 1366 px: Resolution (X)

  • 768 px: Resolution (Y)

  • Touch screen type: Capacity

  • 148: PPL

  • Multi touch

Processor:

  • 4: Cores

  • Tegra 3: CPU family

  • Nvidia: CPU brand

Memory:

  • 2 GB: RAM size

Storage:

  • microSD: External storage support

Software:

  • Windows RT: Operating System

Connectivity:

  • Wi-Fi

  • 802. 11n. 802. 11g. 802 11b. 802 11a: Wi-Fi Support

  • Bluetooth

  • 4.0: Bluetooth

Front Camera:

  • 720p :Video resolution

Rear Camera:

  • 720p :Video resolution

Ports:

  • Video out

  • 3.5mm :Headphone

  • USB: Data connection

Battery:

  • 8 hours: Quoted use time

  • 31.5 Wh: Capacity

Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro:

  • This model has an Intel processor and is able to run a full desktop version of the OS.

  • It is currently unavailable at the market but will be released in January 2013 at a price of $899.00.

Hardware:

  • 0.53: Thickness

  • 6.81 inches: Height

  • 1.99 pounds: Weight

  • 10.81: Width

  • Black: Color

  • Stereo: Speakers

Display:

  • 10.6 inches :Screen size (diagonal)

  • LCD: Technology

  • 1920 px: Resolution (X)

  • 1080 px: Resolution (Y)

  • 207.82: PPL

  • Dual-digitizer :Touch screen type

  • Multi touch

Processor:

  • Core i5: CPU model

  • Intel: CPU brand

  • Ivy Bridge: CPU family

Memory:

    4 GB: RAM size

Storage:

  • 64 GB, 128 GB: Internal size

  • microSD: External storage support

GPU:

  • Intel :Brand

  • HD Graphics 4000: Model

Connectivity:

  • Wi-Fi

  • 802. 11n. 802. 11g. 802 11b. :Wi-Fi Support

  • Bluetooth

  • 4.0: Bluetooth version

Front Camera:

  • 720 p: Video Resolution

Rear Camera:

  • 720p: Video Resolution

Ports:

  • Video out

  • 3.5mm: Headphones
    USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort: Data connections

Battery:

  • 42 Wh: Capacity

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Microsoft Surface RT

So which of these is a better option?

The decision may vary from person-to-person. While some people prefer Windows 8 systems others still like the classic Windows and are having a tough time adapting to the change.

By looking at the facts of both of the tablets we can deduce a few things:

    1. The Windows Surface Pro is comparatively heavier and thicker than the Windows Surface RT.
    2. A lot of people think that the Windows Surface RT does not support pen but that’s not true, it does.
    However, since the Windows Surface Pro has not been released yet it is too soon to be giving out judgments.
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