Guess you’ve already heard that Microsoft’s Surface Pro is coming to stores February 9, 2013 so some of you might be wondering what’s the difference between the upcoming tablet to the previous Surface RT, right? So here’s a treat for you, we’re comparing the two Microsoft tablets so you’ll know which of the two best fits your needs.
RT: Windows RT, special version of Window 8 made to run on ARM-based tablets that comes with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote) and works exclusively with apps available in the Windows Store.
Pro: Comparable to Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate that runs current Windows 7 desktop applications and integrates with existing enterprise management infrastructure which is targeted towards enthusiasts and business users. Includes all the features of Windows 8 plus the ability to receive Remote Desktop connections, the ability to participate in a Windows Server domain, Encrypting File System, Hyper-V, and Virtual Hard Disk Booting,Group Policy as well as BitLocker and BitLocker To Go. Windows Media Center functionality will be available only for Windows 8 Pro as a separate software package.
Dimensions and Weight
RT: 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37in x 1.5lbs
Pro: 10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53in x 2lbs
RT: VaporMg casing, Dark Titanium color, Volume and Power buttons
Pro: VaporMg casing, Dark Titanium color, Volume and Power buttons
RT: 32GB*, 64GB
Pro: 64GB*, 128GB
*System software uses significant storage space. Available storage is subject to change based on system software updates and apps usage. 1 GB = 1 billion bytes. See Surface.com/storage for more details.
RT: 10.6″ ClearType HD Display, 1366×768 pixels, 16:9 (widescreen), 5-point multi-touch
Pro: 10.6″ ClearType Full HD Display, 1920×1080 pixels, 16:9 (widescreen), 10-point multi-touch
RT: Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3, 2GB RAM
Pro: 3rd Gen Intel Core i5 Processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB RAM—Dual Channel Memory
Pro: Yes – Surface pen and Palm Block included when purchased
RT: Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 technology
Pro: Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy technology
RT: 31.5 W-h
Pro: 42 W-h
Cameras and A/V
RT: Two 720p HD LifeCams, front- and rear-facing, Two microphones, Stereo speakers
Pro: Two 720p HD LifeCams, front- and rear-facing with TruColor, Microphone, Stereo speakers
RT: Full-size USB 2.0, microSDXC card slot, Headset jack, HD video out port, Cover port
Pro: Full-size USB 3.0, microSDXC card slot, Headset jack, Mini DisplayPort, Cover port
RT: Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
Pro: Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
RT: 24W power supply
Pro: 48W power supply (including 5W USB for accessory charging)
RT: Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview1 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote); Windows Mail and Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music, Video, and Games.
Pro: Windows Mail and Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music, Video, and Games.
RT: Touch Cover, Type Cover, Adapters, Sleeves, Screen Protectors
Pro: Touch Cover, Type Cover, Adapters, Sleeves, Screen Protectors
*Not included when device is purchased.
Price and Availability
RT: 32GB for $499, 32GB with black Touch Cover for $599, 64GB with whatever Cover of choice for $599; already available and can be purchased in 13 additional markets worldwide soon.
Pro: 64GB for $899, 128GB for $999, available February 9, 2013
The Surface RT and Pro look the same on the outside, but the Pro is thicker and weighs more, plus it has a better display and 10-point multi-touch. The Surface Pen and Palm Block gives another point for the Pro, so if you’re looking for a tablet to replace your PC or laptop, the Surface Pro is your best bet. But if you’re looking for something more laid back, the Surface RT maybe worth your while.
If you want to know how the Surface tablets compare to other tablets including the iPad, check out our comparison piece here.