Microsoft Surface RT VS Surface Pro – Windows 8 Tablet

Microsoft has begun taking pre-orders for its windows RT based tablet called as Surface RT at starting price of  $499 USD(with keyboard touch cover). Customers who’re willing to go shopping for their next tablet are kind of confused with slew of choices available, even within the same brand. Worry not, savior have I come to peach on the best option for you. Preaching the eye-appealing design of Microsoft Surface Tablets, I dare say that it is not just yet another tablet like those herds of android tablets, it is a fine example of exquisite design, which is more appreciable when we look at the touch/type cover (Touch cover and type cover are two types of keyboard attachments that can be clicked into surface tablet easily and also easily folded to work as a cover case to protect your tablet. Both of these work with RT and PRO version of the tab. The major difference between Surface touch cover vs Microsoft Surface type cover is that touch cover has kind of capacitive keys embedded whereas type cover has physical moving keys).

To make it robust tablet, it is made with VaporMg so that it could withstand force, pressure, unintentional wear and tear. The kickstand to support tablet on table is really useful. Both the tablets are of screen size – 10.6 inch. Lets talk about both these tablets and what they’ve to offer in our hands.

Microsoft Surface RT Tablet

Microsoft Surface RT is windows RT tablet which means that you won’t be able to run traditional desktop apps/software on it but metro-apps only. This also mean that you won’t be able to use third-party web browser like Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Furthermore, it comes with secure boot feature which means that the tablet is locked to one OS and you can’t install another operating system on top of it. So, Surface RT is fully a tablet, can not be considered as a tablet ultrabook convertible hybrid pc even when it comes with dockable keyboard attachment. Specs-wise it runs on NVIDIA T30 processor and 2GB RAM. You’re not getting retina display here but Microsoft’s ClearType HD Display is also praiseworthy, although, the resolution is limited to 1366×768 pixels only. Wifi and bluetooth 4.0, full size USB 2.0 are present but unfortunately, you’ve to do without NFC (which is gaining momentum in android ecosystem). Furthermore, 3G, 4G connectivity is not inbuilt which leaves you to rely on wifi hotspot connectivity for your internet related needs. There are two cameras, front and rear, of 720p HD quality for taking snaps or for skype calling. Microsoft claims 8 hours of battery on a single charge with average use. It is available in two variants – 32 GB, 64 GB. Moreover, it comes bundled with Office 2013 RT Home and Student Preview edition.

Microsoft Surface Pro Windows 8 tablet

Microsoft Surface Pro is tablet ultrabook convertible hybrid because it runs full fledged windows 8 os with ability to run classic desktop mode softwares as well, hence you can use it just as a tablet or also as ultrabook by attaching touch/type cover. This gives you all the advantages of a laptop in tablet form factor and also access to thousands of softwares that you love and use on windows OS. To yield such performance, it has 3rd generation intel core i5 processor along with 4GB RAM. Add to its beauty, it sports 1080p (1920×1080) screen resolution on 10.6 inch ClearType Full HD display. On the connectivity side, it matches Surface RT as NFC, 3G, 4G are not present whereas wifi, bluetooth are present. One important difference here is presence of USB 3.0 instead of 2.0 . It is also available in 2 variant – 64 GB, 128 GB.

Difference CriteriaMicrosoft Surface RTMicrosoft Surface Pro
Operating SystemWindows RTWindows 8
ProcessorNvidia T30Intel Core i5 – 3rd Generation with Intel HD 4000 display
Screen Resolution1366 x 7681920 x 1080
Touch5-point multi-touch10-point multi-touch
Weight680gm or 1.5 lbs907 gram or 2 lbs
Width6.77 inch6.81 inch
Thickness9.39 mm or 0.37 inch13.46mm or 0.53 inch
Battery31.5 W-h42 W-h
Price$499 without touch cover$899 for 64GB, $999 for 128GB SSD
Listed above are the major differences.. Rest of the specs are similar..

Which one should you choose?

I hope the above table has given you definitive points to help make your tablet buying decision easy. See what you need and accordingly make your purchase. Also, compare Microsoft Surface tablet with Samsung Windows 8 Tablets.

You can buy Microsoft Surface RT 32GB tablet for $499 without touch cover. With touch cover bundle, you need to add $100 making the total of $599 expense. 64 GB variant with touch cover costs $699. Separately, Surface touch cover is priced at $119.99 whereas Surface type cover is priced at $129.99 . The price of Microsoft Surface Pro is $899 for 64GB model, $999 for 128GB model and is to be released i.e. available for sale/purchase starting January, 2013

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