Microsoft Surface RT  vs Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 

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Released October, 2012

Microsoft Surface RT

  • 10.6"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows RT
Front view of Microsoft Surface RT
8.3 Out of 10
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.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2013)
Released June, 2013

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

  • 10.1"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows 8 Pro
Front view of Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2
8.3 Out of 10
Certainly a compact (0.39” / 9.9mm thin) and lightweight (19.93 oz / 565 grams) slate, it’s something that doesn’t occupy much space in a backpack – making it travel friendly and easy on the spine!
by PhoneArena (Mar, 2013)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Surface RT vs ThinkPad Tablet 2


Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench, AnTuTu, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life


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No winner declared

Too close to call


Which tablet has better performance for the money?

Microsoft Surface RT 

TabletRocket recommends the Microsoft Surface RT  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Surface RT vs ThinkPad Tablet 2

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Surface RT
3.8 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Surface RT
11.5 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Microsoft Surface RT

Reasons to consider the
Microsoft Surface RT

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More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Slightly bigger screen 10.6" vs 10.1" Around 5% bigger screen
Front view of Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

Reasons to consider the
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

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Much lighter 565 g vs 903 g More than 35% lighter
Longer battery life 8.7 hour vs 8 hour Around 10% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Much higher resolution rear camera 8 MP vs 2 MP Around 4x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Much thinner 9.8 mm vs 13.5 mm More than 25% thinner
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Significantly smaller 164.6 x 262.6 x 9.8 mm vs 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm Around 35% smaller
Faster processor 1.8 GHz vs 1.5 GHz More than 20% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Newer Jun, 2013 vs Oct, 2012 Release date 7 months later
Higher resolution front camera 2 MP vs 1.3 MP Around 55% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people

Reviews Word on the street

Surface RT  vs ThinkPad Tablet 2 

In general, high quality images abound as do rich typographic elements that set Windows 8 and Surface apart from the hit or miss presentation of Android and iOS tablets (and I love my Android tablets and greatly respect iPad apps for their quality).
Surface RT

The keyboard dock we tested has no additional ports or connections, but a non-keyboard dock is also available, offering three extra USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet jack, and full-size HDMI.
ThinkPad Tablet 2

Currently, the Microsoft Surface is being made in 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Wi-Fi form on.
Surface RT

We also enjoyed listening to music via the Music app while playing some Angry Birds or Cut the Rope.
ThinkPad Tablet 2


7.3 Out of 10
7.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Surface RT  vs
ThinkPad Tablet 2 
Size 10.6" 10.1"
Technology OLED Super IPS LCD2
Resolution 1366 x 768 1366 x 768
PPI 147 ppi 155 ppi


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


Cores Quad core Dual core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.8 GHz

form factor

Weight 903 g 565 g
Size 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm 164.6 x 262.6 x 9.8 mm
Thickness 13.5 mm 9.8 mm
Battery life 8 hour 8.7 hour


Surface RT  vs
ThinkPad Tablet 2 
Internal storage 64 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 2 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 128 GB 32 GB

photo & video

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


Has a GPS No Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes
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