Samsung ATIV Tab 3  vs Microsoft Surface Pro 2 

Released December, 2013

Samsung ATIV Tab 3

  • 10.1"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Windows 8
Front view of Samsung ATIV Tab 3
Holding it in one hand is reasonably comfortable, helped in part by its 550g weight.
by c|net (Jun, 2013)
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Released October, 2013

Microsoft Surface Pro 2

  • 10.6"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
Front view of Microsoft Surface Pro 2
Throw in Microsoft's own hone brewed ClearType rendering technology as well, it's able to deliver great details to even the finest of text – so there's plenty of sharpness and clarity to it.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2013)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Samsung ATIV Tab 3

Reasons to consider the
Samsung ATIV Tab 3

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Significantly lighter 550 g vs 907 g Around 40% lighter
Latest and greatest OS Windows 8 vs Windows 8.1 Pro Newer windows OS; Get all the latest features and security updates with a more recent version
Much thinner 8.2 mm vs 13.5 mm Around 40% thinner
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Significantly higher resolution front camera 5 MP vs 0.9 MP More than 5.5x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Significantly smaller 165.3 x 257.4 x 8.2 mm vs 274.6 x 172.9 x 13.5 mm More than 45% smaller
Faster processor 1.8 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 10% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Front view of Microsoft Surface Pro 2

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2

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Much longer battery life 15 hour vs 9 hour More than 65% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Has a light sensor Yes vs No Somewhat common; Automatically adjust screen brightness for environmental factors
Much more expandable storage 2,048 GB (SDXC) vs 128 GB (microSD) 16x more maximum capacity
More RAM 4 GB vs 2 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Significantly sharper screen 207 ppi vs 155 ppi Around 35% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1366 x 768 Around 2x higher resolution
Bigger screen 10.6" vs 10.1" Around 5% bigger screen

Features Key features of the ATIV Tab 3  vs Surface Pro 2 

screen resolution

ATIV Tab 3
1366 x 768
Surface Pro 2
1920 x 1080
It's snappy and super responsive thanks to being based on technology by Wacom, making it a genuine pleasure to use on the tablet's high-resolution screen.
Surface Pro 2 | by TechRadar (Jul, 2014)

memory

camera resolution

The camera preview is lower resolution than the picture you take.
Surface Pro 2 | by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)

CPU Cores

ATIV Tab 3
Dual core
Surface Pro 2
Dual core
To be exact, with our specific review unit, it features a dual-core 4th generation Intel Core i5 4200U processor clocked in at 1.6GHz – coupled by 4GB of dual-channel LPDDR3 RAM, the Intel HD Graphics 4400 GPU, and speedy 128GB solid state drive.
Surface Pro 2 | by PhoneArena (Oct, 2013)

CPU Frequency

ATIV Tab 3
1.8 GHz
Surface Pro 2
1.6 GHz
The new processor and graphics are definitely faster, in software and on sites that can take advantage of them.
Surface Pro 2 | by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)

Reviews Word on the street

ATIV Tab 3  vs Surface Pro 2 

6.0
8.0
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 Pro 2

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

ATIV Tab 3  vs
Surface Pro 2 
Size 10.1" 10.6"
Technology Super IPS LCD2 IPS LCD
Resolution 1366 x 768 1920 x 1080
PPI 155 ppi 207 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes No

processor

Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.8 GHz 1.6 GHz

form factor

Weight 550 g 907 g
Size 165.3 x 257.4 x 8.2 mm 274.6 x 172.9 x 13.5 mm
Thickness 8.2 mm 13.5 mm
Battery life 9 hour 15 hour

storage

ATIV Tab 3  vs
Surface Pro 2 
Internal storage 64 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 4 GB
Supported card formats
SDXC
microSD
SDHC
SD
Maximum capacity 128 GB 2,048 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes Yes
Webcam 5 MP 0.9 MP

sensors

Has a GPS Yes No
Has a light sensor No Yes
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