Microsoft Surface Specs: Is This Tablet Really iPad Competition?

Everybody expected that Microsoft would use its “Big Announcement” to showcase a brand new piece of hardware in the tablet space. When the tablet was announced, everybody’s next question was probably, “How does the Microsoft Surface compare to the iPad?” Well, we’re here to answer all of your questions.

How much does the Microsoft Surface weigh?

Note that there are two versions of the Microsoft Surface. One version sports a beefier Intel Core i5 processor and weighs 1.99 lbs. The other version is 1.49 lbs. Compare these to the iPad 3, which weighs 1.44 lbs. Slightly heavier. Probably not a deal-breaker.

How big is the Microsoft Surface?

Both versions of the Microsoft surface have a display size of 10.6 inches (the iPad has 9.7). The heavy duty Surface tablet is 0.53 inches thick, while the slimmed-down Surface tablet has the same 0.37 inch thickness as the iPad. So the Surface is about 9 percent larger than the iPad in terms of screen size, which may end up being a big deal—especially for those wanting the Surface to be a permanent laptop replacement.

How much storage does the Microsoft Surface have?

The Windows RT version of the Surface will come in 32GB and 64GB sizes, just like the iPad. The Windows 8 Pro version will have either 64GB or 128GB.

What Else Does The Microsoft Surface Have?

The Surface tablet really shines in terms of the extras. The Windows RT version comes with a microSD slot, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video port, and 2×2 MiMO Antennae. The larger version comes with microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort and 2×2 MiMo Antennae. The tablets also have a built-in stand and the cover has a built-in keyboard, unlike the iPad. So the Microsoft Surface specs are really quite impressive, when you factor in everything.

Microsoft Surface vs. Apple iPad 3 Summary

Is the Microsoft Surface tablet an iPad killer? I wouldn’t call it that, by any stretch of the imagination. It’s definitely competitive. Ultimately, the competitiveness of this new tablet will be determined by price. If Microsoft prices it above the iPad, people may look at it in the same realm as an ultrabook instead of a tablet. We also don’t know whether it will come equipped with 4G access, whether multi-tasking will be possible, and when the tablet will actually be available.

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  • Beau Schiltz

    I CANNOT wait to get my surface Pro, gunna use it for my 3d work;)

  • Rex Defosse

    I CANNOT wait to get my surface Pro, gunna use it for my 3d work;)