How Microsoft’s New Tablet Stacks Up Against iPad & Others [Chart]


The Surface RT goes up against the iPad and more.
The Surface RT goes up against the iPad and more.


Microsoft’s new Surface RT tablet made its debut today, just three days after Apple announced the new fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini. If you’re not completely dedicated to iOS, you’re probably having a hard time decided which tablet to go for.

To help you make your decision, we’ve put together a handy chart that compares the Surface RT with some of the most popular tablets on sale right now, including the new iPads, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, the Google Nexus 7, and more.

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iPad mini


Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Microsoft Surface RT

Google Nexus 7

Asus Transformer Prime

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Operating System iOS 6 iOS 6 Android 4.0 (customized) Windows 8 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich
Display 7.9-inch LED display (1024×768) 9.7-inch Retina display (2048×1536) 7-inch HD LCD display (1900×1200) 10.6-inch display (1366×768) 7-inch HD display (1280×800) 10.1-inch Super IPS+ LCD display (1920×1200) 10.1-inch AMOLED display (1280×800)
PPI 163 264 254 148 216 224 149
Processor 800MHz dual-core A5 1.2GHz dual-core A6X* 1.5GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 1.3GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3* 1.3GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.6GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.4GHz quad-core
RAM 512MB* 1GB* 1GB 2GB 1GB 1GB 2GB
Storage 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 32GB, 64GB 32GB, 64GB 8GB, 16GB 32GB, 64GB + microSD slot 16GB, 32GB, 64GB + microSD slot
Camera(s) 5MP (rear) with f2.4 + 1.2MP (front) 5MP (rear) with f2.4 + 1.2MP (front) 1.3MP (front) 720p (front) + 720p (rear) 1.2MP (front) 8MP (rear) + 2MP (front) 5MP (rear) + 1.9MP (front)
Video 1080p 1080p 1280×1024 720p 720p 1080p 1080p
Wireless 3G + LTE (optional) 3G + LTE (optional) 3G + LTE (optional) None None None 3G
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Bluetooth Bluetooth 3.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Dimensions 200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm 241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm 193 x 137 x 10.3 mm 274.6 x 172 x 9.4 mm 198.5 x 120 x 10.45 mm 263 x 180.8 x 8.5 mm 262 x 180 x 8.9 mm
Weight 308 g 652 g 395 g 680.4 g 340 g 598 g 600 g
Battery 10 hours 10 hours 11 hours 8 hours 4,325 mAh 9 hours 30 mins 33 hours

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Editor’s Note: Specs with an asterisk are suppositions right now. We will update when we have exact specifications.

Image: CNET
  • Tony Oshlick

    and this tells us….. survey says! NOTHING! hahaha
    In these modern times, system really just dont matter anymore.

  • FriarNurgle

    Need to add prices to that chart.

  • Joshua Clare

    I hate to nitpick, but The Surface RT tablet runs Windows RT, NOT Windows 8. I wouldn’t mention it but pretty much the biggest complaint about Microsoft’s new OS is that there are two differing versions for two similar products and that the limitations of RT haven’t been well-enough documented. By branding the OS “Windows 8” you are adding to Microsoft’s (most-likely not entirely unintentional) product confusion.

  • 16Paws

    Just to clarify: both the new iPad 4th gen and the iPad mini both come with 1.2MP Front cameras but they will do 720p HD video which is what a lot of users will use it for and should be noted. And the statement that surface rt is running windows rt is not nitpicking, it is a significant factor in the purchase.

  • Bob Smogango

    I don’t go by just specs. Specs don’t tell whether the OS is any good to begin with. Specs don’t discuss the number and types of apps available, specs don’t discuss don’t explain ease of use, etc. I will go with specs once I’ve determined the OS platform first, THEN pick the one with the specs that suits my needs.

  • Cowicide

    The chart is a little confused. It should be clearer that he iPad mini can shoot video at 1080p, but it can’t play it at that resolution. Maybe instead of just “Video” it should say “Video capture” or input?

  • trex67

    So the specs kinda suck. Shocker.

    Too little, too late.

  • iDuder

    It’ll need all that extra RAM and processing power to support clunky Windows.

  • 5imo

    Why does it say that the Galaxy Note 10.1 gets 33 hours of battery life? Like any Samsung product has ever got any where close to 10 hours with the screen on.