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Posted: 23 Sep 2013
Market Status: Released

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Design
Device typeTabletTablet 
OSWindows (RT 8.1)Android (4.2.2) Fire OS 3.0 UI 
Dimensions10.81 x 6.79 x 0.35 inches (275 x 172 x 9 mm)7.32 x 5.04 x 0.35 inches (186 x 128 x 9.0 mm) 
Weight23.84 oz (676 g)
the average is 15.1 oz (431 g)
10.97 oz (311 g)
the average is 15.1 oz (431 g)
 
Display
Physical size10.6 inches7.0 inches 
Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels1920 x 1200 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.

208 ppi323 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 LCDLCD 
Colors 16 777 216 
TouchscreenMulti-touchMulti-touch 
FeaturesLight sensor, Scratch-resistant glassLight sensor 
Camera
Camera5 megapixels  
FeaturesAutofocus  
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD)  
Front-facing camera3.5 megapixelsYes 
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 4 (T40)Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 8074 
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, 1700 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15Quad core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400 
Graphics processorYesAdreno 330 
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 RAM2048 MB RAM 
Built-in storage32 GB16 GB 
Maximum User Storage 8.8 GB 
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC  
Battery
Stand-by time15.0 days (360 hours)
the average is 32 days (763 h)
  
Not user replaceableYesYes 
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Multimedia
Music player   
Filter byAlbum, Artist, PlaylistsAlbum, Artist, Playlists 
FeaturesAlbum art cover, Background playbackAlbum art cover, Background playback 
SpeakersLoudspeakerEarpiece, Loudspeaker 
YouTube player Yes 
Internet browsing
BrowserInternet Explorer 11  
Built-in online services support YouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+ 
Technology
Data LTE, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRS 
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.

 GPS, A-GPS, Wi-Fi positioning 
Navigation Yes 
Connectivity
Bluetooth4.0Yes 
Wi-Fi802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz802.11 a, b, g, n 
Mobile hotspot Yes 
USBUSB 3.0USB 2.0 
ConnectorFull-size USBmicroUSB 
Features Mass storage device, USB charging 
OtherTV-Out, OTA syncTethering, Computer sync, OTA sync 
Other features
NotificationsFlight mode, Silent mode, SpeakerphoneFlight mode, Silent mode 
Additional microphone/sfor Noise cancellation, Video recordingYes 
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, CompassAccelerometer, Gyroscope 
OtherVoice recordingVoice commands, Voice recording 
Availability
Officially announced23 Sep 201325 Sep 2013 
Shopping information
Warranty period12 Months  
MSRP price$ 449$ 329 

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