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Posted: 02 Mar 2011
Market Status: Released
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Posted: 18 Jun 2012
Market Status: Released

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Design
Device typeTabletTablet 
OSiOS (7.x, 6.1, 6, 5.1, 5, 4.x)Windows (RT) 
Dimensions9.50 x 7.31 x 0.34 inches (241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8 mm)10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 inches (275 x 172 x 9 mm) 
Weight21.62 oz (613 g)
the average is 14.6 oz (416 g)
24.00 oz (680 g)
the average is 14.6 oz (416 g)
 
Display
Physical size9.7 inches10.6 inches 
Resolution1024 x 768 pixels1366 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.

132 ppi148 ppi 
Technology

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

IPS LCD  
TouchscreenMulti-touchMulti-touch 
FeaturesLight sensor, Oleophobic coatingLight sensor, Scratch-resistant glass 
Camera
Camera0.7 megapixels1 megapixel 
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

F2.4  
Camcorder1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) 
FeaturesVideo callingVideo calling 
Front-facing camera0.3 megapixels VGAYes 
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.

Apple A5NVIDIA 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.

Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9Quad core, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 
Graphics processorPowerVR SGX543MP2ULP 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.

512 MB RAM2048 MB RAM 
Built-in storage64 GB32 GB 
Storage expansion microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC 
Battery
Capacity6944 mAh  
Not user replaceableYesYes 
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Multimedia
Music player   
Filter byAlbum, Artist, Genre, PlaylistsAlbum, Artist, Playlists 
FeaturesAlbum art cover, Background playbackAlbum art cover, Background playback 
Speakers Stereo speakers 
YouTube playerYes  
Internet browsing
Browser Internet Explorer 10 
Built-in online services supportYouTube (upload)  
Technology
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz  
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz  
DataHSDPA 14.4 Mbit/s, HSUPA 2 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE  
Micro SIMYes  
Positioning

Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

A-GPS  
NavigationYes  
Connectivity
Bluetooth2.1, EDR4.0 
Wi-Fi802.11 a, b, g, n802.11 a, b, g, n 
USBYesUSB 2.0 
ConnectorProprietaryFull-size USB 
HDMIYesMicro HDMI (Type D) 
OtherTV-Out, Computer sync, OTA syncTV-Out, OTA sync 
Other features
NotificationsSilent mode, SpeakerphoneFlight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone 
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, CompassAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass 
OtherVoice recordingVoice recording 
Availability
Officially announced02 Mar 201118 Jun 2012 
Shopping information
Warranty period 12 Months 
AccessoriesDock Connector to USB Cable, 10W USB Power Adapter  
MSRP price $ 500 

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