Past few days have been very exciting for Microsoft fan boys, I admit I am being one of them. With the availability of Surface tablet, Windows 8 RTM (General Availability), Office 2013 (for MSDN/Technet), Windows Phone 8 event in pipeline next week, things have never been exciting and bright for Microsoft. I personally admire how Microsoft has come through the “Vista Phase” where tech-pundits were predicting death of OS to the current phase.

The recent announcement of Microsoft Surface Tablet RT version was one which everyone was looking for due to rumors like pricing to be as low as $200 to compete with tablets in the same segment. The price rage though affordable than Apple’s iPad, were not cheap enough to suddenly turn the market share in favor of Microsoft, probable reason being Microsoft had to make sure not to displease tablet manufacturers for Windows 8.

Though the announcement for Surface RT was appreciated, there were some doubts regarding Surface RT vs Pro. This post shall clear the doubts before you buy Surface.



Surface RT

Surface Pro

Operating system

Windows RT (32-bit)

Windows 8 Pro (64-bit)

Software compatibility

Metro-style apps, bundled desktop applications only with Office RT

Metro-style apps, all desktop applications


10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 inches

10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53 inches


1.5 pounds

2 pounds


32 GB or 64 GB of eMMC storage

64 GB or 128 GB of eMMC/SSD storage


10.6 inch Clear Type display running at 1366 x 768 with 5 point multi-touch

10.6 inch Clear Type display running at 1920 x 1080 with 10 point multi-touch


NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30

Intel Core i5 (third-generation, “Ivy Bridge”)


Not available

Intel HD graphics 4000


2 GB

4 GB

Pen support

Capacitive pen supported (not included in bundle)

Includes pen


802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0

802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0


Two 720p HD cameras, front-and rear-facing

Two 720p HD cameras, front-and rear-facing


Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass

Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass


USB 2.0, micro SDXC card slot, headset jack, HD video out port (proprietary), cover port

USB 3.0, micro SDXC card slot, headset jack, mini Display Port (proprietary), cover port


31.5 Wh

42 Wh

Power Supply

24 W

48 W

Battery Life

~ 8 Hours (as claimed)

Not Available


$499 (starting)

Not Available


Oct 26, 2012

Jan, 2013 (Exact date not announced)


My verdict, wait for Surface Pro to be available in Jan 2013. Buy Surface RT only if you are an early adapter and you require tablet for non- commercial / business purposes. If you are a developer/programmer/ someone who crunches a lot with numbers or one who relies heavily on third party software’s like IDE’s (different from Visual Studio), you must probably wait just like I am doing. I would be buying the tablet in early January and would try to replace my laptop with this tablet. With the promises Surface has made it is quite sure this tablet will thin the lines or possibly eradicate the lines between tablet and laptop.

You can Buy Surface Tablet starting $499 for RT version from today.

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