Microsoft Surface Pro 2 vs Pro vs Sony Vaio Tap 11 specs comparison

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 vs Pro vs Sony Vaio Tap 11 specs comparison
We are seeing a flood of Haswell-powered gear these days, and Microsoft just threw its hat into the ring with the new Surface Pro 2 tablet, powered by a 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor of unspecified frequency, sometimes even with fanless designs, like HP's Sceptre 13 x2. These all share a thing in common - they are the first true Windows tablets that can run legacy programs, and still churn out a battery life worthy of iOS or Android slates, thanks to Intel's power-sipping new silicon.

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.

Unfortunately we only know the Surface Pro 2 starting price of $899, and are still in the dark about the Vaio Tap 11, which is much thinner, perhaps lighter, and starts you off with double the storage, not to mention the USB 3.0 port integration in its slim chassis - if its price is about that of Microsoft's second Surface Pro edition Sony's "thinnest tablet PC" would be a winner, save for the all important endurance aspect. What do you think? 

Device typeSurface Pro 2Surface ProSony Vaio Tap 11
OSWindows (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 average is 17.4 oz (496 g)
Design featuresStylusStylusStylus
Physical size10.6 inches10.6 inches11.6 inches
Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels1920 x 1080 pixels1920 x 1080 pixels
Pixel density
208 ppi208 ppi190 ppi
IPS LCDIPS LCD Triluminous display

1.6 GHz Dual core, Intel Core i5Dual core, 1700 MHz, Intel Core i5-3317UIntel Core i5
Graphics processorIntel HD Graphics 4400Intel HD Graphics 4000Intel HD Graphics 4400
System memory
4096 MB RAM4096 MB RAM (Dual-channel)4096 MB RAM
Built-in storage64 GB64 GB 128 GB
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXCmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXCmicroSD, microSDHC
CameraYes1 megapixel8 megapixels
CamcorderYes1280x720 (720p HD) (29 fps)Yes
Front-facing cameraYesYesYes
Video capture 1280x720 (720p HD)1280x720 (720p HD) Full HD

Officially announced23 Sep 201318 Jun 2012 04 Sep 2013
Scheduled release
22 Oct 2013 (Official) Q4
Warranty period 12 Months 
MSRP price $ 899 $ 899 n/a



1. DLanor1107

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

sexy sony!!

2. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Tough call. Small +/- to both.

3. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 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: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 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: Sep 24, 2012

Surface has the better processor, and you can get it with 8 gigs of ram.

12. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

They have the same Haswell LP chip, what are you talking about?

13. shikroi

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

Nope. The vaio tap uses a last gen i5.

15. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Sony already has a working Haswell version.....

5. torr310

Posts: 1701; Member since: Oct 27, 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: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Is the Surface thin and light as Tap 11? no

7. HildyJ

Posts: 342; Member since: Aug 11, 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.

8. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

The Sony anyday.

11. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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

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