Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1  vs Microsoft Surface RT 

New: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (Oct, 2013)
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
Here and now though, it’s a tough choice, made no easier by the fact that the new iPad with its gorgeous Retina Display also costs around the same.
by TrustedReviews (Aug, 2012)
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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.
by TechRadar (Sep, 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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Significantly lighter 560 g vs 903 g Around 40% lighter
Much higher resolution 2560 x 1600 vs 1366 x 768 Around 4x higher resolution
Much sharper screen 298 ppi vs 147 ppi More than 2x sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Much higher resolution rear camera 8 MP vs 2 MP 4x 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
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
More RAM 3 GB vs 2 GB 50% more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Smaller 170 x 243 x 8 mm vs 274.6 x 172 x 13.5 mm Around 50% smaller
Faster processor 1.9 GHz vs 1.5 GHz More than 25% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Marginally newer Oct, 2013 vs Oct, 2012 Release date 11 months later
Slightly higher resolution front camera 1.9 MP vs 1.3 MP More than 45% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Back view of Microsoft Surface RT

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More storage capacity 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Supports Adobe Flash Yes vs No (Android) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Bigger screen 10.6" vs 10.1" Around 5% bigger screen
Much faster USB 572 MB/s 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 RT 

screen resolution

Galaxy Note 10.1
2560 x 1600
Surface RT
1366 x 768

camera resolution

CPU Cores

Galaxy Note 10.1
Quad core
Surface RT
Quad core

CPU Frequency

Surface RT
1.5 GHz

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Note 10.1  vs Surface RT 

8.5
8.0
In return you get a stunning 2560 x 1600 display with lovely colors and clarity, the S Pen for precise writing and drawing, Samsung's excellent Multi Window split window multitasking, good S Pen support from third party notes and drawing apps, a fast CPU, expandable storage and USB host.
Galaxy Note 10.1

7.7
8.5
Currently, the Microsoft Surface is being made in 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Wi-Fi form on.
Surface RT

7.6
7.0
Thankfully, even if you don't use the pen, the Note 10.1's fast overall performance, sensible design, great-looking screen, and useful features make it the best Samsung tablet yet.
Galaxy Note 10.1

8.0
6.0
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

Overall

7.7 Out of 10
7.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Galaxy Note 10.1  vs
Surface RT 
Size 10.1" 10.6"
Technology IPS LCD OLED
Resolution 2560 x 1600 1366 x 768
PPI 298 ppi 147 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 Quad core Quad core
Clock speed 1.9 GHz 1.5 GHz

sensors

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

storage

Galaxy Note 10.1  vs
Surface RT 
Internal storage 16 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 3 GB 2 GB
Supported card formats
microSD
Maximum capacity 128 GB 128 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support No Yes
Webcam 1.9 MP 1.3 MP
Rear camera 8 MP 2 MP

ports

USB support 1 Micro USB 1 USB 2.0
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 903 g
Size 170 x 243 x 8 mm 274.6 x 172 x 13.5 mm
Thickness 8 mm 13.5 mm
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
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