Microsoft Surface Pro 2 vs Pro vs Sony Vaio Tap 11 specs comparison
Other companies came out with very compelling Win 8 Pro slates, but Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 is a big improvement over the unique Surface Pro before it, too, so let's see how it stacks up against its predecessor, and against the thinnest Win 8 Pro tab out there, Sony's Vaio Tap 11, thrown in as another Core iX-powered representative.
With Haswell chipsets we get much better battery life, and that's the main advantage that the Pro 2 has both before the original, and before the Vaio Tap 11, whose slim physique doesn't have place for a bigger battery. The first Surface Pro ran for 3-5 hours before dying off, and Sony thus cites about six hours of battery life out of its 11-incher, while the 10.6" Pro 2 will run north of eight hours on average, says Microsoft, and up to 10 with light usage, which is about as much as Android and iOS slates go.
Next up is the screen, which keeps the 10.6" dimensions, Full HD resolution and ClearType tech of its predecessor, but is now calibrated for up to 46% better color accuracy, meaning it is suitable for professional use, too. Sony's 11" panel is also with 1920x1080 pixels, meaning it sports lesser pixel density, though at the distance you usually use tablets, the difference is unlikely to be noticed unless you are a screen purist. Microsoft also cites record low reflectivity for its panel, which makes all the difference between a barely noticeable and a readable screen outdoors, but we'll have to take the slates out to determine how much better sunlight visibility is in reality.
|Device type||Surface Pro 2||Surface Pro||Sony Vaio Tap 11|
|OS||Windows (8.1 Pro)||Windows (8 Pro)||Windows (8 Pro)|
|Dimensions||10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53 inches (275 x 173 x 13 mm)||10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53 inches (275 x 173 x 13 mm)||304.6 x 188 x 9.9mm|
|Weight||32.00 oz (907 g)||32.00 oz (907 g)|
the is 17.4 oz (496 g)
|Physical size||10.6 inches||10.6 inches||11.6 inches|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels||1920 x 1080 pixels||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|208 ppi||208 ppi||190 ppi|
|IPS LCD||IPS LCD||Triluminous display|
|1.6 GHz Dual core, Intel Core i5||Dual core, 1700 MHz, Intel Core i5-3317U||Intel Core i5|
|Graphics processor||Intel HD Graphics 4400||Intel HD Graphics 4000||Intel HD Graphics 4400|
|4096 MB RAM||4096 MB RAM (Dual-channel)||4096 MB RAM|
|Built-in storage||64 GB||64 GB||128 GB|
|Storage expansion||microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC||microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC||microSD, microSDHC|
|Camera||Yes||1 megapixel||8 megapixels|
|Camcorder||Yes||1280x720 (720p HD) (29 fps)||Yes|
|Video capture||1280x720 (720p HD)||1280x720 (720p HD)||Full HD|
|Officially announced||23 Sep 2013||18 Jun 2012||04 Sep 2013|
|22 Oct 2013 (Official)||Q4|
|Warranty period||12 Months|
|MSRP price||$ 899||$ 899||n/a|
3. LikeMyself (Posts: 302; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)
PhoneArena you are doing a great job:)
Can you please do some more comparisons with other ultrabooks or w8 pro tablets as I'm about to spend my cash on this instead of a Sony Z1 soon?
Please help me coz I'm still confused after doing some personal researches!
This tablet sounds like a dream tablet for me atm.
4. livyatan (Posts: 753; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
In this comparison, Sony clearly owns Microsoft (again)
The mass of just 780grams for such hardware is like defying the laws of physics.
9. shikroi (Posts: 187; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
Surface has the better processor, and you can get it with 8 gigs of ram.
12. livyatan (Posts: 753; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
They have the same Haswell LP chip, what are you talking about?
15. Taters (Posts: 3598; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Sony already has a working Haswell version.....
5. torr310 (Posts: 450; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
Battery information is very important, which is missing.
I would love to know how long they last.
6. papss (unregistered)
Sonys terrible battery life killed it for me.. All day every day the surface wins
10. rgxVOiD (Posts: 435; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
Is the Surface thin and light as Tap 11? no
7. HildyJ (Posts: 179; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
I have a Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2. I was willing to trade all day battery life and a weight of under 1.3 pounds for the speed of the first surface. I suspect I will make a similar decision when I upgrade. Even if the ThinkPad Tablet 3 uses Bay Trail instead of Haswell, I'll probably stick with low weight.
11. Taters (Posts: 3598; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
The Sony wins automatically. The entire purpose of a tablet is thin and sexy. If that wasn't what they were looking for, they would just get any ultrabook over the surface.
The goal for for EVERY PC developer should be to make an i5 haswell windows 8 PC the same size, weight, and battery life as an iPad 4/nexus 10.
Whoever does this first automatically wins and gets a sale from me. The Sony is definitely a lot closer to an iPad 4/PC hybrid.
14. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1149; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
this a tough call but I have to see the price of the 128 gig surface pro 2 versus the price of the Sony Tap11 which is 128 gigs. I would never buy a surface pro with less than 128 gigs especially since it only costs about a 100 dollars more to pay for it. to me right now the sony wins the design award but if it's battery life is Poor which I read it is then the Surface Pro 2 wins
even though it's a heavier tablet