Microsoft Surface RT vs. Surface Pro, differences explained

By Posted 10 Nov 2012, 17:54

Microsoft has only just launched the Surface RT, but they are already looking to supersede this model with the Surface Pro. The initial market reaction to the Microsoft Surface has been extremely positive with 32gb pre-orders selling out within 24 hours, and all other models also running low, although Microsoft now seem to have caught up with demand. With a quick glance at the new Surface Pro you would struggle to notice any dramatic changes in design and size, but internally the Pro has been dabbling with the performance enhancing drugs and has been subjected to some serious beefing up.

Basics of Microsoft Surface RT vs. Surface Pro – The only difference to external dimensions is that the Pro is a little thicker, 4mm to be precise and weighs in at an extra 227 grams (1/2lb). Both models feature VaporMg casing, made from molten magnesium alloy, and are both colored in Dark Titanium with an identical screen size that measures 10.6-inches and feature 16:9 widescreen, ideal for gaming and watching movies. The Microsoft Surface Pro boasts 1920×1080 pixels on a full HD display, and while both models have 2 cameras, front and rear facing, the Pro model improves here thanks to TruColor HD Lifecams. The two models equally have Stereo speakers, microphone, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an ambient light sensor, and micro SDXC card slot as standard.

One feature that is common to both models is the option to add the Touch cover, a 3mm thick magnetic cover that doubles as a protective case and a pressure sensitive keyboard, although here at PR we have heard about some users complaining that the seam where the cover attaches to the Tablet have been splitting, which then exposes internal wiring. It has to be said that the magnetic connection is extremely effective and the strength of the magnets are impressive, drawing the tablet and cover together positively. Both units also feature Kickstand, an integral stand built into the rear cover of the tablet that flips outward, and this allows the tablet to stand freely on its own, which is ideal when working with the keyboard or for sitting back and viewing pictures, or movies.

Microsoft’s Surface RT is available with 32gb or 64gb of storage whilst the Pro starts at 64gb and is also available with 128gb. The Pro model also has 4gb Ram; at the same time the RT claims 2gb. Both models have USB connections although it is only the Pro that can brag of USB 3.0

Biggest difference between Microsoft Surface RT and Pro is the OS – the current RT model runs Windows RT with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote), and works exclusively with apps available in the Windows Store. The RT has an ARM processor (similar to most Smartphone’s and tablets) but is unable to run legacy apps and doesn’t run Windows 8.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro features a 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processor with Intel HD graphics 4000 and runs the full Windows 8 operating system, making this more suitable to business users and for end users wanting a tablet that can compete with a laptop or desktop. We’ve included a chart below that shows the Microsoft Surface RT vs. Surface Pro differences visually.

One last thing to consider will obviously be price – the current 64gb Microsoft Surface RT retails at $699, including a Touch cover, and although Microsoft are keeping quiet regarding the price of the Surface Pro, it is being speculated that the 128gb model will be priced at over $1000. See the video below for more information about the Surface Pro

Will you be rushing to pre-order the Microsoft Surface Pro? Let us know what you think of the current Surface RT, and if you own that model have you experienced problems with the Touch Cover? You can also see a second video below that shows someone taking notes on the Microsoft Surface Windows RT, and this is also great if you want some tips in how to optimize the note-taking tools. Lastly the third video gives you a quick review of the RT model, so feel free to take a look at that as well.

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  • ZeeLobby

    Laziest article ever written. What about the digitized stylus and inking? All you did was write out the chart provided by Microsoft in paragraph form…

  • Garrantsson

    I am absolutely buying one.

  • Drake

    When is it coming out?

  • Kevin

    Difficult choice, the surface RT with limitations but an ok price (although i’d rather just plug in a USB keyboard to save on cost) or the surface pro with the features that i’d want but at a very high cost in my opinion. Think i’ll wait for alternatives.