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Microsoft Surface 2 vs Microsoft Surface RT

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Posted: 23 Sep 2013
Market Status: Released
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Microsoft Surface RT Remove phone

Posted: 18 Jun 2012
Market Status: Released

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Design
Device typeTabletTablet 
OSWindows (RT 8.1)Windows (RT) 
Form factorCandybarCandybar 
Dimensions10.81 x 6.79 x 0.35 inches (275 x 172 x 9 mm)10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 inches (275 x 172 x 9 mm) 
Weight23.84 oz (676 g)
the average is 14.5 oz (413 g)
24.00 oz (680 g)
the average is 14.5 oz (413 g)
 
Display
Physical size10.6 inches10.6 inches 
Resolution1920 x 1080 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.

208 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  
TouchscreenCapacitive, Multi-touchCapacitive, Multi-touch 
FeaturesLight sensor, Scratch-resistant glassLight sensor, Scratch-resistant glass 
Camera
Camera5 megapixels1 megapixel 
FeaturesAutofocus  
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) 
Features Video calling 
Front-facing camera3.5 megapixelsYes 
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 4 (T40)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, 1700 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15Quad core, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 
Graphics processorYesULP 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 (Dual-channel) / LPDDR32048 MB RAM (1500 MHz) / LPDDR2 
Built-in storage32 GB32 GB 
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXCmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC 
Battery
Stand-by time15.0 days (360 hours)
the average is 36 days (861 h)
  
Video playback10.00 hours  
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 
Supported formatsMP3MP3 
Video playback   
Supported formatsMPEG4, H.263, H.264MPEG4 
SpeakersLoudspeakerStereo speakers 
Internet browsing
BrowserInternet Explorer 11Internet Explorer 10 
supportsHTML, HTML5, FlashHTML, HTML5, Flash 
Phone features
OrganizerCalendar, Alarm, To-Do, Document viewer (Office, PDF), Calculator, World clock, Timer, NotepadCalendar, Alarm, To-Do, Document viewer (Office, PDF), Calculator, World clock, Timer, Notepad 
E-mailIMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft ExchangeIMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange 
Instant MessagingWindows Live / MSNWindows Live / MSN 
Connectivity
Bluetooth4.04.0 
Wi-Fi802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz802.11 a, b, g, n 
Dual antennas, MIMODual antennas, MIMO 
USBUSB 3.0USB 2.0 
ConnectorFull-size USBFull-size USB 
Headphones connector3.5mm3.5mm 
HDMI Micro HDMI (Type D) 
Charging connector Proprietary 
OtherTV-Out, OTA syncTV-Out, OTA sync 
Other features
NotificationsFlight mode, Silent mode, SpeakerphoneFlight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone 
Additional microphone(s)for Noise cancellation, Video recording  
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, CompassAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass 
OtherVoice recordingVoice recording 
Availability
Officially announced23 Sep 201318 Jun 2012 
Shopping information
Warranty period12 Months12 Months 
MSRP price$ 449$ 500 

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