Surface (Windows 8 RT) vs Surface (Windows 8 Pro)

Microsoft’s unveiling of the Surface Tablet has left many of us at home salivating at the thought of owning one. Two versions of the Surface will be released….both will have similar appearances but their insides will be very different. The spec sheet provided by Microsoft comparing the two is available HERE. Continue reading for an in depth look and simplified explanation of the main differences.

Surface – Windows RT (Surface RT)

  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra ARM chip
  • Weight: 676g or 1.5 lbs
  • Thickness: 9.3 mm
  • Display type: 10.6″ ClearType HD Display
  • Battery: 31.5 Watt-hour
  • Configuration: 32GB or 64GB
  • Connectivity: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Productivity: Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover
  • Build: VaporMg Case & Stand
Surface – Windows 8 Pro (Surface Pro)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge)
  • Weight: 903g or 2lbs
  • Thickness: 13.5 mm
  • Display Type: 10.6″ Cleartype Full HD Display
  • Battery: 42 Watt-hour
  • Configuration: 64GB or 128GB
  • Connectivity: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Productivity: Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
  • Build: VaporMG Case & Stand

At the unveiling, Steve Ballmer said that the Surface is both tablet and PC. Although this statement is true, the Windows RT version is more tablet-like while the Pro version gives you the powers of a PC in tablet form. The Surface Pro is packs a more powerful Intel based processor and has a full 1080p screen (Surface RT will likely have a 720p resolution). The increase in battery capacity for the Surface Pro will be used to fuel the more powerful processor and illuminate those extra pixels on the screen. The Surface Pro utilizes a feature called “Perimeter Cooling” to effectively cool the tablet while in use and in standby. The connectivity ports are also upgraded on the Pro. It will feature a Micro SDXC slot (has greater capacity limits over the standard microSD) and a USB 3.0 port for faster data transfers. Both tablets have a 2×2 MIMO (multiple input multiple output) antennae which suggests that the tablets will be able to receive WiFi and a cellular 4G signal…pc productivity on the go, yes please!

As far as productivity goes, both tablets are compatible with the Touch & Type Cover but the Surface Pro will have support for a Pen with “Palm Block” technology. Why the Surface Pro doesn’t come with a version of Microsoft Office like the Surface RT is baffling since the Pro is more PC like…perhaps Microsoft will bundle it in later or offer some kind of deal once the Surface Pro is released.

There are still alot of unknowns with both versions of Surface…the main ones being pricing. Microsoft has said that the Surface RT will be priced similar to other ARM based tablets, while the Surface Pro will be priced on par with an Ultrabook.  Though Microsoft disappoints us by not revealing the price, this same action keeps the other Windows 8 licensed equipment manufacturers happy. A big fear of an equipment manufacturer would be that Microsoft would potentially undercut their pricing in order to sell more of its own tablet…this leads to manufacturers pulling out from building hardware for Windows 8. By announcing that the price will be comparable to tablets and ultrabooks of similar offerings, Microsoft has ensured that manufacturers will still be on board to provide additional hardware for us…which isn’t a bad thing at all.

Microsoft has shaken up the tablet industry with the Surface. Not only did they unveil something innovative and unique, but they have also set the bar high for other Windows 8 manufacturers.

By: Chisom Agada

Source: Microsoft

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Categories: Discover Windows 8, Editorial


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  1. Microsoft Surface Tablet: Expect Prices Above $599 | Tech Haven - June 20, 2012

    […] Microsoft Surface Tablet: Expect Prices Above $599 According to Digitimes, sources within the notebook industry are claiming that the assembly of the Microsoft’s Surface Tablet will be outsourced to Pegatron Technology. The same sources behind this news have also stated that the Surface with Windows RT and the Nvidia ARM based processor will be priced above $599 while the Pro Version will be priced at above $799. The differences between the two versions can be found HERE. […]

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