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Microsoft Surface RT

Announced
Jun 18, 2012
Market status
Released
Release date
Oct 26, 2012

Pros

  • Quad core processor
  • Lots of RAM (2048 MB RAM)
  • HDMI connector for TV-out (Micro HDMI (Type D))

Cons

  • Low pixel density screen (148 ppi)
  • Battery is not user replaceable
  • The camera lacks autofocus
  • The camera lacks flash
  • Lacks global positioning system (GPS)

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Description

The Microsoft Surface is the first Microsoft-designed tablet computer. The ARM-powered version is thinner and lighter and features a processor made by NVIDIA. It comes with Windows RT and a large 10.6" touchscreen. The device is designed to compete mainly with tablets running mobile operating systems like Android and iOS (iPad).

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Tablet
  • OS:
    • PopupWindows (RT)
  • Form factor:
    • Candybar
  • Dimensions:
    • 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 inches (275 x 172 x 9 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 24.00 oz (680 g)
      the average is 15 oz (429 g)

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  • Physical size:
    • 10.6 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 1366 x 768 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 148 ppi
  • Touchscreen:
      • Capacitive, Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

Camera

  • Camera:
      • Popup1 megapixel
  • Camcorder:
      • 1920x1080 (1080p HD)
    • Features:
      • Video calling
  • Front-facing camera:
      • Yes
    • Video capture:
      • 1280x720 (720p HD)

Hardware

  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Quad core, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9
  • Graphics processor:
      • ULP GeForce @ 520MHz
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 2048 MB RAM (1500 MHz) / LPDDR2
  • Built-in storage:
    • 32 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC

Battery

  • Not user replaceable:
    • Yes

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  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3
  • Video playback:
    • Supported formats:
      • MPEG4
  • Speakers:
    • Stereo speakers

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
    • Popup
      • Internet Explorer 10
    • supports:
      • HTML, HTML5, Flash

Phone features

  • Organizer:
    • Calendar, Alarm, To-Do, Document viewer (Office, PDF), Calculator, World clock, Timer, Notepad
  • E-mail:
    • Popup
      • IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
  • Instant Messaging:
      • Windows Live / MSN
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Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 4.0
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 a, b, g, n
      • Dual antennas, MIMO
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • Full-size USB
  • Headphones connector:
    • 3.5mm
  • HDMI:
      • Micro HDMI (Type D)
  • Charging connector:
    • Proprietary
  • Other:
    • TV-Out, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
    • Voice recording

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 18 Jun 2012

Shopping information

  • Warranty period:
    • 12 Months
  • MSRP price:
    • $ 500
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Alternative variants

We list only the specs that are different than the main variant

Microsoft Surface 64GB


Differences:
  • Built-in storage:
    • 64 GB

Despite our efforts to provide full and correct Microsoft Surface RT specifications, there is always a possibility of making a mistake. If you see any wrong or incomplete data, please LET US KNOW.


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