Difference between Microsoft Surface Pro and Microsoft Surface RT

 

Key difference: At the time of its release, the Microsoft Surface was touted as the perfect cross between a tablet and a laptop. It was initially released February 2013. The Microsoft Surface Pro features a 10.6-inch ClearType HD screen with approximately 208 ppi pixel density. The screen is full HD, a feature not readily avilable in most tablets. The device runs Microsoft Windows 8, which the same OS that is being run in various laptops and desktops. The device has Full Windows capability. It can practically run all Windows programs, including games. The Microsoft Surface RT is a tablet that features a 10.6-inch TFT HD capacitive touchscreen with approximately 148 ppi density. The tablet runs on the Windows RT OS, which has a huge lacking feature. The OS is not compatible with old Windows PC programs such as VLC, Photoshop Elements, etc.

 

Today is the world of smartphones and tablets. So, much so that tablets and smartphones are attempting to replace the traditional and bulky desktops and laptops. The Microsoft Surface is a series of tablets that aim to do just that. The advantage that the Surface has over a number of other tablets is that it will run the Microsoft Windows operating system, whereas most other tablets run Android. The iPad runs the iOS which is more similar to the iPhone OS rather than a Mac OS. Hence, at the time of its release, the Microsoft Surface was touted as the perfect cross between a tablet and a laptop. It was initially released February 2013.

 

The Microsoft Surface Pro features a 10.6-inch ClearType HD screen with approximately 208 ppi pixel density. The screen is full HD, a feature not readily avilable in most tablets. The screen affords the true 16:9 aspect ratio which matches most movies and shows, eliminating the black bars that pop up. The Microsoft Surface Pro also has a 10 point multi-touch.

 

Microsoft Surface Pro is powered by a Dual-core 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U processor, which is backed by 4 GB of RAM. It also features two cameras, a front-facing and a rear-facing. Both are 720p HD LifeCams with True Color.

 

The device runs Microsoft Windows 8 Professional, which the same OS that is being run in various laptops and desktops. The device has Full Windows capability. It can practically run all Windows programs, including games.

 

The device comes in three memory size variants: 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB. However, the actual memory storage available for the user is 23GB for the 64 GB variant and 85GB for  128 GB variant. The actual user memory available for the 256 GB is not currently specified. The size disparency is because of the system backup storage recovery partition, which can be manually deleted by experiences users.

 

The input devices for the Microsoft Surface Pro includes an on screen keyboard, a physical keyboard that doubles as a cover, as well as a pen stylus. The physical keyboard can be purchased separately or as part of a combo with the device itself. It attaches magnetically and electrically to the base of the tablet.

 

Physically, the device is quite similar to the Microsoft Surface RT, same look, and same color. However, it is thicker than the RT and has a full USB 3.0 port, in addition to a Micro-HDMI port, microSDXC card slot, Headset jack, Mini DisplayPort and Cover port. Similar to RT, it also has a built in kickstand, which has been critized by some as beinf too difficult to manage. Additionally, Microsoft has also acknowledged issues with the stylus pen. The stylus pen has been reported by some users as randomly not working correctly, especially with older applications that do not have complete pen support. There have also been some reported issues with Wi-Fi and while waking up from standby mode.

 

The Microsoft Surface RT is a tablet that features a 10.6-inch TFT HD capacitive touchscreen with approximately 148 ppi density. The screen is pretty decent in terms of resolution and shows clear, sharp images. The screen affords the true 16:9 aspect ratio which matches most movies and shows, eliminating the black bars that pop up. The tablet runs on the Windows RT OS, which has a huge lacking feature. The OS is not compatible with old Windows PC programs such as VLC, Photoshop Elements, etc. This is one of the reasons for the tablet not being so popular even after the amazing design and other attractive features. In order to run the old PC programs, one would require Windows 8 with an Intel processor, which is offered in the Microsoft Surface Pro.The Microsoft Surface RT was launched in November 2012.

 

The device has a slab form that makes it look thicker and heavier than it actually is. The device is only 9.4 mm thick, same as the iPad; however, the slab form that has not been tapered towards the end makes it seem thicker. The tablet is a little heavier compared to other devices because of the extra inches on the screen. The device is quite slick, which makes it easier to grip but more prone to slipping through the fingers. The device comes with a built-in kickstand that helps it stay upright when placed on a surface. The device is covered in a VaporMg casing, which according to the company, makes the device scratch and water-resistant. The device also has an intriguing feature, which is a cover that doubles as a keyboard. The sleek and flat keyboard has an aesthetic appeal and is also productive.

 

On top of the device when facing front in landscape mode, there is an ambient light sensor along with the front facing 1.2 MP camera. On the bottom bezel is the Windows Home sensor that takes the user to the start screen or the last app accessed. On the right side of the device, there is a speaker grille, a Micro-HDMI port, a full USB 2.0 port, and the power port. The left side has an additional speaker grille, a headphone jack, and a volume rocker. The kickstand is said to be a bit difficult for some people, while other claim that the stand was pretty smooth and easy to access. Under the stand, resides the microSD port, while there are magnets on the bottom to attach the Touch and Type keyboard covers. The device also has a 1.2 MP rear camera, in case anyone would like use it take photos.

 

The tablet is powered by a 1.3 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A9 and comes in 32 and 64 GBs variants. The device feature 2 GB RAM. The processor provides enough power to allow the swiftly shifting between apps and windows. The tablet supports 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth 4.0, a gyroscope, an accelerometer, and a built-in compass, but no GPS. The device houses a 31.5 W-h battery that drained pretty quickly according to CNET. The main problem that comes with this device is that it is less of a tablet and more of an even more portable laptop. The design is obviously appealing, but in terms of features and price, maybe going for Microsoft Surface Pro.

 

The information for the detailed table about the two devices has been taken from the Microsoft website, Wikipedia and GSMArena.com.

 

 

Microsoft Surface Pro

Microsoft Surface RT

Launch Date

February 2013

November 2012

Company

Microsoft

Microsoft

Size

275 x 173 x 13 mm

274.6 x 172 x 9.4 mm

Display

10.6 inches ClearType HD screen

10.6 inches TFT HD capacitive touchscreen

Screen

1920 x 1080 pixels (~208 ppi pixel density) 16M colors

1366 x 768 pixels (~148 ppi pixel density) 16M colors

Protection

VaporMg casing

VaporMg casing

Weight

910 grams

680.4 grams

2G Network

N/A

N/A

3G Network

N/A

N/A

4G Network

N/A

N/A

GUI

Windows 8 Pro

Windows RT

CPU speed

Dual-core 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U

1.3 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A9

GPU

Intel HD Graphics 4000

ULP GeForce

OS

Windows 8 Pro

Windows RT

Chipset

Intel Core i5

Nvidia Tegra 3 T30

RAM

4GB RAM—Dual Channel Memory

2 GB

SIM Size

N/A

N/A

Internal Memory

64/128/256 GB

32/64 GB

Expandable Memory

microSDXC card slot

microSDXC card slot

Sensors

Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass

Accelerometer, Gyro, Compass, Ambient light sensor

Connectivity

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi direct, Bluetooth, USB

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi direct, Bluetooth, USB

Data

WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

Speed

-

-

WLAN

Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)

Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band

Bluetooth

Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy technology

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

USB

Full-size USB 3.0

USB v2.0, USB Host support

Primary Camera

720p HD LifeCams with True Color

1.2 MP

Secondary Camera

720p HD LifeCams with True Color

1.2 MP

Video

720p @ 30fps

720p @ 30fps

Camera Features

Geo-tagging

Geo-tagging

Sound Enhancement

Microphone, Stereo speakers

Two microphones, Stereo speakers

Audio supported formats

MP3/ WAV/ eAAC+ player

MP3/ WAV/ eAAC+ player

Video supported formats

MP4/ DivX/ Xvid/ H.264/ H.263 player

MP4/ DivX/ Xvid/ H.264/ H.263 player

Battery Capacity

42 W-h

31.5 W-h

Talktime

-

-

Standby Time

-

-

Available Colors

Dark Titanium

Dark Titanium

Messaging

Email, Push Email, IM

Email, Push Email, IM

Browser

HTML5

HTML5

Radio

No

No

GPS

Yes

Yes

Java

-

-

Additional Features

Full-size USB 3.0

microSDXC card slot

Headset jack

Mini DisplayPort

Cover port

Ambient light sensor

Accelerometer

Gyroscope

Compass

Windows Mail and Messaging

SkyDrive

Internet Explorer 10

Bing

Xbox Music Video, and Games.

microSDXC card slot

Headset jack

HD video out port

Cover port

Built-in kickstand

5-point multi-touch

Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview

Windows Mail and Messaging

SkyDrive

Internet Explorer 10

Bing

Xbox Music, Video, and Games

 

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