Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1  vs Microsoft Surface Pro 2 

Released October, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

  • 10.1"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.3
Front view of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Last year's dual core Exynos CPUs with Mali graphics were some of the fastest on the market, and we're glad Samsung waited for the quad core Exynos 4412 to roll out the Note 10.1.
by MobileTechReview (Aug, 2012)
Released October, 2013

Microsoft Surface Pro 2

  • 10.6"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
Front view of Microsoft Surface Pro 2
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).
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

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More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Significantly lighter 560 g vs 907 g Around 40% lighter
Much higher resolution rear camera 8 MP vs 0.9 MP Around 9x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Much thinner 8 mm vs 13.5 mm More than 40% thinner
Much higher resolution 2560 x 1600 vs 1920 x 1080 Around 2x higher resolution
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Significantly sharper screen 298 ppi vs 207 ppi Around 45% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly smaller 170 x 243 x 8 mm vs 274.6 x 172.9 x 13.5 mm Around 50% smaller
Faster processor 1.9 GHz vs 1.6 GHz Around 20% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Higher resolution front camera 1.9 MP vs 0.9 MP More than 2x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Front view of Microsoft Surface Pro 2

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More storage capacity 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Much more expandable storage 2,048 GB (SDXC) vs 128 GB (microSD) 16x more maximum capacity
Supports Adobe Flash Yes vs No (Android) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
More RAM 4 GB vs 3 GB Around 35% more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Bigger screen 10.6" vs 10.1" Around 5% bigger screen
Much faster USB 572 MB/s (USB 3.0) vs 57 MB/s More than 10x faster USB; connect a high-speed external hard drive or other high-speed device

Features Key features of the Galaxy Note 10.1  vs Surface Pro 2 

screen resolution

Galaxy Note 10.1
2560 x 1600
Surface Pro 2
1920 x 1080
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.
Surface Pro 2 | by PhoneArena (Oct, 2013)

camera resolution

The cameras on the original Surface and Surface Pro weren't that impressive, but the 1080p Surface 2 cameras are a definite improvement, especially in lower light - thanks to the much larger sensor on the 3.5MP front camera.
Surface Pro 2 | by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)

CPU Cores

Galaxy Note 10.1
Quad 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

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

Galaxy Note 10.1  vs Surface Pro 2 

it can even handle some wicked 3D games without much stutter to its performance.
Surface Pro 2

The Surface Pro 2 has a 10.6-inch display with a native resolution of 1,920x1,080 pixels, which is what we'd expect from a laptop or tablet in this price range.
Surface Pro 2

Getting your game on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is great, not just because of the quick performance of the quad-core processor, but because the tablet is light and easy to hold.
Galaxy Note 10.1


7.7 Out of 10
8.1 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Galaxy Note 10.1  vs
Surface Pro 2 
Size 10.1" 10.6"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 2560 x 1600 1920 x 1080
PPI 298 ppi 207 ppi


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


Cores Quad core Dual core
Clock speed 1.9 GHz 1.6 GHz


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


Galaxy Note 10.1  vs
Surface Pro 2 
Internal storage 16 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 3 GB 4 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 128 GB 2,048 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support No Yes
Webcam 1.9 MP 0.9 MP
Rear camera 8 MP 0.9 MP


USB support 1 Micro USB 1 USB 3.0
Hdmi support None 1 HDMI
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No No
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 560 g 907 g
Size 170 x 243 x 8 mm 274.6 x 172.9 x 13.5 mm
Thickness 8 mm 13.5 mm
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
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