By the numbers: Microsoft’s Surface vs. Apple’s iPad

Martyn Williams
21 June, 2012
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While there is much more to both Microsoft’s new Surface tablet computer and Apple’s iPad than pure specifications, the physical and technological differences between the two devices are likely to play a part in which device tablet PC buyers might ultimately favour.

Here’s a look at how the market-leading iPad shapes up against the new Microsoft Surface. Figures are taken from each company. Microsoft cautions the physical dimensions of the Surface could change slightly from those announced Tuesday.

See also: Microsoft announces new Surface tablet PC

Microsoft Surface, Windows RT edition

Weight: 676 grams

Thickness: 9.3 millimetres

Display: 10.6in ClearType HD Display

Battery: 31.5-watt hour

Interfaces: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antenna

Storage: Configurable for 32GB, 64GB

Microsoft Surface, Windows 8 Pro edition

Weight: 903 grams

Thickness: 13.5 millimetres

Display: 10.6in ClearType Full HD Display

Battery: 42-watt hour

Interfaces: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae

Storage: Configurable for 64GB, 128GB

Apple new iPad Wi-Fi

Weight: 652 grams

Thickness: 9.4 millimetres

Display: 9.7in Retina display with 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution

Battery: 42.5-watt hour for up to 10 hours web, video, music

Interfaces: 30-pin dock Apple connector port, headphone

Storage: Configurable for 16GB, 32GB, 64GB

Apple new iPad Wi-Fi and Cellular

Weight: 662 grams

Thickness: 9.4 millimetres

Display: 9.7in Retina display with 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution

Battery: 42.5-watt hour for up to 10 hours web, video, music

Interfaces: 30-pin dock Apple connector port, headphone

Storage: Configurable for 16GB, 32GB, 64GB

 

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