Microsoft Surface 2  vs Asus Transformer Book T100 

Released October, 2013

Microsoft Surface 2

  • 10.6"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows 8.1 RT
Front view of Microsoft Surface 2
First and foremost, details are significantly sharper, which is an expected benefit from a higher count camera.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2013)
Released October, 2013

Asus Transformer Book T100

  • 10.1"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows 8.1
Front view of Asus Transformer Book T100
Full Windows 8 PCs running newer Intel Atom processors and costing around $400 have been here for the last year, but here's why the T100 is special: it has a newer Bay Trail Atom processor that's faster and offers far better battery life, and the overall shape and design is a lot like the Asus Transformer Android keyboarded tablets, which we've always been fond of.
by c|net (Nov, 2013)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Microsoft Surface 2

Reasons to consider the
Microsoft Surface 2

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Has a rear camera 5 MP vs None Most tablets have a rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Much more expandable storage 2,048 GB (microSDXC) vs 128 GB (microSD) 16x more maximum capacity
Higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1366 x 768 Around 2x higher resolution
Faster processor 1.7 GHz vs 1.33 GHz Around 30% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Sharper screen 207 ppi vs 155 ppi Around 35% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Higher resolution front camera 3.5 MP vs 1.2 MP Around 3x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Slightly bigger screen 10.6" vs 10.1" Around 5% bigger screen
Thinner 8.9 mm vs 10.1 mm More than 10% thinner
Front view of Asus Transformer Book T100

Reasons to consider the
Asus Transformer Book T100

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Supports voice commands Yes (Windows 8.1) vs No (Windows) Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
Longer battery life 11 hour vs 10 hour 10% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Lighter 550 g vs 675 g Around 20% lighter

Features Key features of the Surface 2  vs Transformer Book T100 

screen resolution

Surface 2
1920 x 1080


camera resolution

CPU Cores

Surface 2
Quad core

CPU Frequency

Surface 2
1.7 GHz

Reviews Word on the street

Surface 2  vs Transformer Book T100 

The tablet's 1,366x768-pixel touch display is effective, but not particularly bright.
Transformer Book T100



7.6 Out of 10
7.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Surface 2  vs
Transformer Book T100 
Size 10.6" 10.1"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1366 x 768
PPI 207 ppi 155 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No No


Cores Quad core Quad core
Clock speed 1.7 GHz 1.33 GHz


Has a GPS No No
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes


Surface 2  vs
Transformer Book T100 
Internal storage 32 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 2 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 2,048 GB 128 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes Yes
Webcam 3.5 MP 1.2 MP
Rear camera 5 MP None


USB support 1 USB 3.0 USB 3.0
Hdmi support 1 Micro HDMI Micro HDMI
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No No
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 675 g 550 g
Size 274.6 x 172.5 x 8.9 mm 171 x 263 x 10.1 mm
Thickness 8.9 mm 10.1 mm
Battery life 10 hour 11 hour
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Showing 3 comments.
As a student is RT enough? Or should I sacrifice the nice specs of surface 2 and have full windows?
Reason to buy ASUS would have to include full Windows 8.1 instead of Win 8RT and real keyboard.
Can you confirm a few things? Is GPS really in these tablets? I do not think so? I have never seen anything about 3G support for the ASUS --can you show a reference??
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