Posted on January 13, 2013 · Posted in General

Microsoft recently launched two of its best tabs in the market named ‘Microsoft Surface RT’ and ‘Microsoft Surface Pro’ which are ‘same yet different’. In this article we will se about the differences and the similarities between the two model. We will also be making head on comparison of the features of both the tablets.


This is the field where both the tabs differ the least from each other. Both are housed in the same vaporMg case. Both have beveled edges and 90 degree corners. Both of them have the very innovative kickstand integrated in the back. The only difference is their thickness which is 9.3 mm in case of Surface RT and 14 mm in case of Surface Pro. Though both the devices are relatively thin, but Surface RT wins here.


Both of the tabs are supposed to be equipped with a 10.6 inch gorilla glass 2 LCD with Microsoft’s clear type display technology and digital ink sampling. But Surface Pro will have a resolution of 1080p which is higher than the surface RT with 720p resolution.


The Surface RT tab will be coming in two variants with 16GB and 32GB storage capacities while Surface Pro will have 64GB and 128GB storage options. No comment has been made on the on-board RAM but it is supposed to be at least 1GB for all the variants.


There is a major difference between both the tabs here. The Surface RT will be running on an ARM based processor, most probably the NVidia Tegra 3 chip. This features quad core ARM Cortex A9 architecture with speed of 1.5GHz or so.

The Surface Pro on the other hand will be using Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge processors which consume less power than the Intel’s Sandy Bridge ones. The specifications of the Surface Pro are the one of the most powerful specifications and are very close to an ultrabook.

Operating system:

The software on which these tabs run is one of the significant differences between the two.

The Surface RT will be running on Microsoft Windows RT which has specifically been designed and optimized for mobile ARM processors while the Surface Pro will be running on Microsoft Windows 8 Pro, the latest Operating System developed by Microsoft, compatible with Intel’s x86 architecture.

In addition, the Surface Pro will offer two types of UI to the users. One will be the conventional Windows 7 type interface which is similar to the one running on desktops nowadays. The second will be the much awaited ‘Metro UI’ with live tiles interface designed specifically for touch based computing devices. Surface RT on the other hand only has the ‘Metro UI’ option for the users.

Both the tabs come pre-loaded with the touch based version of the Microsoft Office Suite.

Both the tabs support real time multitasking, where you will not only be able to run multiple apps simultaneously but, you can also switch between them as and when desirable. The multiple apps can share the same screen, as in a desktop, which is quite a unique feature for tabs.


At this point of time it would be too early to tell you which one is better and why is it so. If you are looking for a dual role tab which has all the features of a laptop and the mobility of a tab then you should go for the Surface Pro. But if you are looking for a light version which is more of a tab with a few desktop features then opt for Surface RT. The choice is completely yours; both of them are great options.

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