Microsoft Surface RT  vs Lenovo IdeaTab S2 

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Released October, 2012

Microsoft Surface RT

  • 10.6"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows RT
Front view of Microsoft Surface RT
The solid build, kickstand, the associated rage of keyboards and big screen make it adept for both work and play, and it's the closest device we've seen to a true hybrid.
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Announced January, 2012

Lenovo IdeaTab S2

  • 10"
  • 64 GB
  • Android 4.0
Front view of Lenovo IdeaTab S2
The 7in size does help the S2 7 in one other respect – screen sharpness.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Microsoft Surface RT

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Microsoft Surface RT

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More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Bigger screen 10.6" vs 10" More than 5% bigger screen
Much faster USB 572 MB/s vs 57 MB/s (USB 2.0) More than 10x faster USB; connect a high-speed external hard drive or other high-speed device
Higher resolution rear camera 2 MP vs 1.3 MP Around 55% higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Side view of Lenovo IdeaTab S2

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Lighter 580 g vs 903 g More than 35% lighter
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Much higher resolution front camera 8 MP vs 1.3 MP Around 6.2x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Much thinner 8.7 mm vs 13.5 mm More than 35% thinner
Much smaller Unknown x Unknown x 8.7 mm vs 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm 100% smaller
Supports voice commands Yes (Android 4.0) vs No (Windows) Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
Slightly longer battery life 9 hour vs 8 hour Around 15% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Has an open source operating system Yes (Android 4.0) vs No (Windows) Somewhat common; Allows you the freedom to use your tablet however you like

Features Key features of the Surface RT  vs IdeaTab S2 

screen resolution

Surface RT
1366 x 768
IdeaTab S2
1280 x 800

memory

camera resolution

Surface RT
1.3 MP
IdeaTab S2
8 MP

CPU Cores

Surface RT
Quad core
IdeaTab S2
Dual core

CPU Frequency

Surface RT
1.5 GHz
IdeaTab S2
1.5 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Surface RT  vs
IdeaTab S2 
Size 10.6" 10"
Technology OLED TN LCD
Resolution 1366 x 768 1280 x 800
PPI 147 ppi 150 ppi

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes Yes
Webcam 1.3 MP 8 MP
Rear camera 2 MP 1.3 MP

ports

USB support 1 USB 2.0 2 USB 2.0
Hdmi support 1 HDMI 1 HDMI
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

storage

Surface RT  vs
IdeaTab S2 
Internal storage 64 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
microSD
SDHC
Maximum capacity 128 GB 32 GB

processor

Cores Quad core Dual core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.5 GHz

form factor

Weight 903 g 580 g
Size 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm Unknown x Unknown x 8.7 mm
Thickness 13.5 mm 8.7 mm
Battery life 8 hour 9 hour
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