Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0  vs Microsoft Surface RT 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

  • 8"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.2
Front view of Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
8 Out of 10
Thanks to its light weight of 11.92 oz (338 g), it's also easy to hold with just one hand – something very important for an 8” tablet.
by PhoneArena (Mar, 2013)
Released October, 2012

Microsoft Surface RT

  • 10.6"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows RT
Front view of Microsoft Surface RT
7.8 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)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Note 8.0 vs Surface RT


Processing power and speed

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?

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 

TabletRocket recommends the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Surface RT

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Galaxy Note 8.0
1,021.7 ms
Surface RT
994 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Galaxy Note 8.0
4.9 fps
Surface RT
3.8 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy Note 8.0
18.3 fps
Surface RT
11.5 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

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Faster graphics 4.9 fps vs 3.8 fps Around 30% better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Significantly lighter 338 g vs 903 g 2.7x lighter
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
Supports voice commands Yes (Android 4.2) vs No (Windows) Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
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
Significantly smaller 136 x 211 x 8 mm vs 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm 2.8x smaller
Sharper screen 188 ppi vs 147 ppi Around 30% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Slightly faster processor 1.6 GHz vs 1.5 GHz More than 5% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Newer Apr, 2013 vs Oct, 2012 Release date 5 months later
Back view of Microsoft Surface RT

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Microsoft Surface RT

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Faster web browser 1,751 vs 1,610 Around 10% better BrowserMark score
Significantly bigger screen 10.6" vs 8" More than 30% bigger screen
More storage capacity 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x 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
Much faster USB 572 MB/s vs 57 MB/s (USB 2.0) More than 10x faster USB; connect a high-speed external hard drive or other high-speed device

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Note 8.0  vs Surface RT 

Viewing angles are pretty decent, and so is outdoor visibility, as the display is able to get quite bright.
Galaxy Note 8.0

For the uninitiated, Project Butter is a feature of Android Jelly Bean that makes the whole experience run a lot quicker and smoother.
Galaxy Note 8.0


8.3 Out of 10
7.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Galaxy Note 8.0  vs
Surface RT 
Size 8" 10.6"
Technology TFT LCD OLED
Resolution 1280 x 800 1366 x 768
PPI 188 ppi 147 ppi


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


Cores Quad core Quad core
Clock speed 1.6 GHz 1.5 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 8.0  vs
Surface RT 
Internal storage 32 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 2 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 128 GB 128 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support No Yes
Webcam 1.3 MP 1.3 MP
Rear camera 5 MP 2 MP


USB support 1 USB 2.0 1 USB 2.0
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 338 g 903 g
Size 136 x 211 x 8 mm 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm
Thickness 8 mm 13.5 mm
Battery life 8 hour 8 hour
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
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Microsoft Surface RT
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