Apple iPad Vs Microsoft Surface: Specs Shootout

Microsoft started taking pre-orders for its Microsoft Surface RT tablets yesterday.

Surface RT is powered by NVDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, comes with 10.6-inch display, 2GB of RAM, 720p HD rear and front facing cameras in a “VaporMg” magnesium casing. The Windows RT (Microsoft’s ARM-friendly version of Windows 8) tablet, also offers a built-in kickstand.

The price is right in line with the iPad, with the entry-level 32GB Surface RT costing $499. In fact, it is cheaper if you compare it with the 32GB iPad.

Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows division at Microsoft told reporters “We’re pretty darn excited about the price, the value. When you think about everything you are getting, this is a terrific deal.”

So how does Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet stack up against Apple’s iPad, which currently has more than 50% of the market share?

Here’s a comparison chart where we have compared the hardware specifications of Surface with Apple’s iPad.

Please note that Microsoft hasn’t released a few specifications, for example: the company mentions only “720p” for its front- and rear-facing cameras. It is also not clear what kind of battery life Surface tablet will offer.

Let’s forget about the operating system, ecosystem and user experience that these tablets offer (as it is too early to comment on those points). Based on the just the tech specs, which one will you buy?


We have updated the chart as we had the operating systems reversed earlier and have also added the point about Microsoft Surface having an expansion slot.