Microsoft Surface RT  vs

New: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 vs 2 (Oct, 2013)
Released October, 2012

Microsoft Surface RT

  • 10.6"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows RT
Front view of Microsoft Surface RT
On top of that, its wide viewing angles combined with its 400-nit brightness setting helps to maintain its visibility – especially when it comes to outdoor viewing.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2012)
Released October, 2013

Microsoft Surface 2

  • 10.6"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows 8.1 RT
Front view of Microsoft Surface 2
If you have short legs, it's definitely easier to use Surface 2 on your lap with the keyboard thanks to the combination of the new kickstand, the lighter weight and the more rigid keyboard covers; the Surface 2 balances more securely and isn't heavy enough to pull away from the magnetic connector so you can hold it on your lap by the pressure of your fingers on the keys, the way you can with a normal laptop.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Microsoft Surface RT

Reasons to consider the
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More storage capacity 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Front view of Microsoft Surface 2

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Microsoft Surface 2

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Much more expandable storage 2,048 GB (microSDXC) vs 128 GB (microSD) 16x more maximum capacity
Longer battery life 10 hour vs 8 hour 25% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Lighter 675 g vs 903 g More than 25% lighter
Much thinner 8.9 mm vs 13.5 mm Around 35% thinner
Significantly higher resolution rear camera 5 MP vs 2 MP 2.5x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Sharper screen 207 ppi vs 147 ppi More than 40% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1366 x 768 Around 2x higher resolution
Higher resolution front camera 3.5 MP vs 1.3 MP Around 2.8x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Smaller 274.6 x 172.5 x 8.9 mm vs 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm Around 35% smaller
Faster processor 1.7 GHz vs 1.5 GHz Around 15% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Newer Oct, 2013 vs Oct, 2012 Release date a year later

Features Key features of the Surface RT  vs

screen resolution

Surface RT
1366 x 768
Surface 2
1920 x 1080


Surface RT
2 GB
Surface 2
2 GB

camera resolution

Surface RT
1.3 MP
Surface 2
3.5 MP

CPU Cores

Surface RT
Quad core
Surface 2
Quad core

CPU Frequency

Surface RT
1.5 GHz
Surface 2
1.7 GHz

Reviews Word on the street

Surface RT  vs

It's clear Microsoft has thought about what makes a good interface, which is where it perhaps went wrong with its original touch interface from 2012.
Surface 2

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

The 1,920 by 1080 resolution is great for movies (and means you'll keep the DPI and zoom settings up, because while text is crisp, clear and smooth it can also be a little small on the 10.6-inch screen).
Surface 2


7.3 Out of 10
7.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Surface RT  vs
Size 10.6" 10.6"
Technology OLED IPS LCD
Resolution 1366 x 768 1920 x 1080
PPI 147 ppi 207 ppi


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


Cores Quad core Quad core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.7 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 RT  vs
Internal storage 64 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 2 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 128 GB 2,048 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes Yes
Webcam 1.3 MP 3.5 MP
Rear camera 2 MP 5 MP


USB support 1 USB 2.0 1 USB 3.0
Hdmi support 1 HDMI 1 Micro HDMI
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No No
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 903 g 675 g
Size 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm 274.6 x 172.5 x 8.9 mm
Thickness 13.5 mm 8.9 mm
Battery life 8 hour 10 hour
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Good point Harry, I just updated the camera info on these tablets
I thing camera is big different between Surface 2 and Surface RT. Surface 2 has 3.5MP front and 5MP rear camera. But Surface RT got on 720p HD front and rear cameras.
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