Specsheet Shootout: Surface Pro vs Surface RT

The pre-orders are open, the advertisements have been released and Surface RT is awaiting for your hard earned cash. But, if you are like many of us, you may be holding out for the Surface Pro and want to see a detailed spec breakdown between the RT and Pro version; we have the handy graphic you have been waiting to see.

The spec sheet breaks down the two tablets and will give you the best look yet at the less talked about brother of Surface RT, Surface Pro. The Surface Pro will pack under its VaporMg casing a 3rd Gen Intel Core i5 Processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000, come in 64 and 128 GB flavors, 4 GB of RAM and it will weigh less than 2 lbs.  

You can also tell from the graphic above that the Surface Pro will be noticeably thicker than the RT. This shouldn't come as a major surprise as you get a lot more for your money when compared to the RT variant.

The question remains, will you jump on the RT version now or will you hold off for the Pro model?

Thanks for the tip Surface Evangelist!

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majortom1981 said,

I guess they feel 5 is enough. I cant imagine needing 10 unless playing a multiplayer game on one tablet.

How about a Piano app?

A340600 said,
Windows RT has only 5 multi-touch points compared to Surface Pro? Being that Windows RT is the touch-friendly version of Windows 8, why doesn't it have more touch points?

1) They are both the 'touch friendly' version of Windows 8. There is no difference. One has an ARM CPU and the other has a much faster x86 CPU. I feel bad that the technology press has let people like you down by conflating information that leaves people believing there is a difference. **

2) I agree the lower end device should have more touch points, but these are 'active' touch points, which is different from 'detection' touch points. You will see the iPad and other devices say they have several touch points, but they are not active touch points. So you can keep 'adding' new touch points, up to like 11 on an iPad, but it can only track 4 or 5 of them at time.


**(Windows RT is restricted artificially to only acquire new 'Apps' through the Windows App Store or via Enterprise deployment. Since the CPU is different, it cannot run existing x86 software unless the developer recompiles and releases it for Windows RT.)

thenetavenger said,

1) They are both the 'touch friendly' version of Windows 8. There is no difference. One has an ARM CPU and the other has a much faster x86 CPU. I feel bad that the technology press has let people like you down by conflating information that leaves people believing there is a difference.

No I meant "touch-friendly" as in Windows RT apps, aside from Office, are made mainly for touch, so it should have more than 5 touch points. Windows 8 desktop might have touch, but like Windows 7, it is not a touch OS, so why does it have more touch points than the version of the OS that's made for touch.

iPad keyboard is $69 and smart cover is $49. You kidding right?

the_gank said,
For the life of me, I can't understand why the keyboards are $119 and $129 a piece.

Oguz said,
No GPS and NFC damn.

They stated they couldn't do GPS/NFC with the magnesium case.. so there are tradeoffs, but i'll sure as hell take durability over something i'll have on my phone

At least there's USB 2 so hopefully there's gps receiver that can be plugged in. I am sure there's NFC receiver hardware somewhere (I think). I thought finding location is always through wireless carrier by triangulation. GPS is too darn slow IMO unless of course dedicated one like Garmin.

Oguz said,
No GPS and NFC damn.

minster11 said,
At least there's USB 2 so hopefully there's gps receiver that can be plugged in. I am sure there's NFC receiver hardware somewhere (I think). I thought finding location is always through wireless carrier by triangulation. GPS is too darn slow IMO unless of course dedicated one like Garmin.

Triangulation is only used in emergencies and I'm pretty sure its not legal to use any kind of triagulation technique in phones these days. Anyhow A-GPS is far more accurate and once you've connected to 5 satellitess there should be very little latency!

Oguz said,
No GPS and NFC damn.

NFC is done with Bluetooth in addition to specialized NFC secure chipsets. Microsoft's demonstrations earlier this year with WP8 and NFC tapping to a Windows 8 tablet was done over Bluetooth, as the specialized NFC type chipset is not needed.

Well ok maybe not triangulation, but it has something to do with cell tower always tries to phone home (insert smartphone here). GPS is accurate only if you are outdoor, not indoor.

ingramator said,

Triangulation is only used in emergencies and I'm pretty sure its not legal to use any kind of triagulation technique in phones these days. Anyhow A-GPS is far more accurate and once you've connected to 5 satellitess there should be very little latency!


No GPS? No 3G option? Too bad
I guess I will get an Atom Tablet with Keyboard Dock and 3G/LTE.
3G is an essential requirement for me

NXTwoThou said,
Same for my boss. Its tough even finding an ultrabook that's got cell on it.

Its common on 5-7" UMPC's through a mini pci card or a express card (for gps and 3g) some of the cards can be flashed for voice calls.

I emailed Steve Ballmer earlier saying that if it was £350GBP *WITH* surface cover I'd have sold my Nexus 7 & took the plunge on a Surface RT.

Just not meant to be.

I like the look of the Surface Pro as it has industry standard components similar to that of current notebooks! I like familiarity Does anyone know when Angry Birds for Windows Modern UI store is coming out? Nearly said Metro but forgot I can't call it that anymore

Bet you were wondering when Angry Birds would get mentioned, weren't you guys? It'd look a dream on the Surface hardware

Tidosho said,
I like the look of the Surface Pro as it has industry standard components similar to that of current notebooks! I like familiarity Does anyone know when Angry Birds for Windows Modern UI store is coming out? Nearly said Metro but forgot I can't call it that anymore

Bet you were wondering when Angry Birds would get mentioned, weren't you guys? It'd look a dream on the Surface hardware

I don't see how Mini Display Port is industry standard. Mini or full HDMI is far more useful.

migo said,

I don't see how Mini Display Port is industry standard. Mini or full HDMI is far more useful.

It may be more useful because of its rise in HD TVs but DisplayPort is the industry standard because it can handle higher resolutions than HDMI, which can at max carry 1080x1920 but then again it can carry audio and in some variants Ethernet so I guess they had to make a decision on which would be best overall and they went with displayport for all the projectors etc out there!

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