Microsoft Gets Specific With Surface RT & Pro Hardware Details


Microsoft’s been behaving a bit like Apple in regards to its announcement of its Surface tablets, providing a few key hardware specs but not really getting into much in the way of details. Luckily, with Surface RT pre-orders now underway, Microsoft’s starting to open up quite a bit more about the Surface hardware, and some new specs sheets give us our best look yet into just what these tablets are capable of.

You can check out the full chart below, but let’s look at a couple key differences between the two Surface models. The RT Surface is 9.4 millimeters thick, while the Pro version bumps that up to nearly 13.5 millimeters. While both models have 10.6-inch screens, the RT’s has a 1366 x 768 resolution, whereas the Pro goes full-HD 1920 x 1080.

Not everything’s better about the Pro model, though, like how it only has one microphone to the RT’s two. Still, that may be the exception that proves the rule, as the Pro outshines the RT everywhere from having 4GB of RAM to the RT’s 2GB, to a touch sensor that can track ten inputs, versus the RT’s five.

Still, not everything we’d like to know about is revealed here. You won’t see any mention of processor clock speed (not like you could directly compare it between the two different architectures, anyway), and while the tablets’ cameras are clearly labeled as 720p HD components, their native resolutions aren’t spelled-out.

Source: Microsoft (PDF)
Via: WMPoweruser

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!