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Successor to the popular iPad 2 and furthering Apple's push towards post-PC computing, the "new iPad" features a Retina display at the same 9.7-inch size as its predecessor but with doubled pixel density. The rear camera shares the optics system of the iPhone 4S for better photo quality. Optional 4G LTE is another addition, with theoretical download speeds of up to 72Mbps.

Description

Whereas the original Galaxy Note was somewhere between a phone and tablet, its enlarged 10.1-inch sibling is clearly in the latter category. The Galaxy Note 10.1 runs Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and features the same S-Pen stylus support and handwriting recognition found in the original Note.

The Asus Transformer Pad TF300T is the value option of Asus' convertible-tablet range. Like its more powerful siblings, it features a 10.1-inch IPS display, but this time with a 1280 x 800 resolution. It's powered by a Tegra 3 quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM, and comes with 16GB of internal storage.

Surface is Microsoft's first tablet, and it's designed around Windows 8. Surface comes in two distinct versions, one model running Windows RT and one running Windows 8 Pro. The Windows RT model has an ARM processor, and though it still has the classic desktop, it loses the ability to run legacy apps. Microsoft is heavily featuring their Touch Cover for Surface, a thin screen cover that doubles as full keyboard. Surface can also accept stylus input.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Mar. 16, 2012
  • Price at launch: $499.00

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Aug. 16, 2012
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: May 2012
  • Price at launch: $399.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Oct. 26, 2012
  • Price at launch: $499.00
  • Height: 9.5 inches
  • Width: 7.31 inches
  • Thickness: 0.37 inches
  • Weight: 1.44 pounds
  • Color: Silver / Black, Silver / White
  • Speakers: Mono

Hardware

  • Height: 7.1 inches
  • Width: 10.3 inches
  • Thickness: 0.35 inches
  • Weight: 1.31 pounds
  • Color: Black / Silver, White / Silver
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • Height: 10.35 inches
  • Width: 7.12 inches
  • Thickness: 0.39 inches
  • Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Color: Red, Blue, White
  • Speakers: Mono
  • Height: 10.81 inches
  • Width: 6.77 inches
  • Thickness: 0.37 inches
  • Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • Screen size (diagonal): 9.7 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1536 px
  • Resolution (Y): 2048 px
  • PPI: 264
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes

Display

  • Screen size (diagonal): 10.1 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1280 px
  • Resolution (Y): 800 px
  • PPI: 149
  • Touchscreen type: Dual-digitizer
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 10.1 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1280 px
  • Resolution (Y): 800 px
  • PPI: 149
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 10.6 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1366 px
  • Resolution (Y): 768 px
  • PPI: 148
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Operating system: iOS
  • Launch OS version: 5.1
  • Media streaming: AirPlay

Software

  • Operating system: Android
  • Skin: TouchWiz
  • Launch OS version: Android 4.0
  • Media streaming: DLNA, AllShare
  • Operating system: Android
  • Launch OS version: 4.0
  • Media streaming: DLNA
  • Operating system: Windows RT
  • CPU brand: Apple
  • CPU model: A5X
  • Cores: 2

Processor

  • Clock speed: 1.4 GHz
  • Cores: 4
  • CPU brand: Nvidia
  • CPU family: Tegra 3
  • Cores: 4
  • CPU brand: Nvidia
  • CPU family: Tegra 3
  • Cores: 4
  • RAM size: 1 GB

Memory

  • RAM size: 2 GB
  • RAM size: 1 GB
  • RAM size: 2 GB
  • Internal size: 64 GB, 32 GB, 16 GB

Storage

  • Internal size: 16 GB, 32 GB
  • External storage: Yes
  • External storage support: microSD
  • Max external size: 32 GB
  • Internal size: 16 GB, 32 GB
  • External storage: Yes
  • External storage support: microSD
  • Internal size: 64 GB, 32 GB
  • External storage support: microSD
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • GPS: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • 802.11n frequencies: 2.4GHz
  • GPS: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 3.0 + HS
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Video resolution: VGA
  • Video framerate: 30

Front Camera

  • Effective pixels: 1.9 megapixels
  • Effective pixels: 1.2 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 480p
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Effective pixels: 5 megapixels
  • Focus type: Autofocus
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Video framerate: 30

Rear Camera

  • Effective pixels: 5 megapixels
  • Flash: Single LED
  • Focus type: Autofocus
  • Effective pixels: 8 megapixels
  • Focus type: Autofocus
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: iPod

Ports

  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Proprietary
  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Micro HDMI, Micro USB
  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: USB
Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer

Sensors

Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer
Proximity, Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer
Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer
  • Capacity: 42.5 Wh
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted use time: 10 hr

Battery

  • Capacity: 7000 mAh
  • Removable: No
  • Capacity: 22 Wh
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted use time: 10 hr
  • Capacity: 31.5 Wh
  • Quoted use time: 8 hr

Benchmarks

  • Quadrant: 3623
  • Vellamo: 1358
  • GLB 2.1 Egypt 720p: 63 FPS
  • GLB 2.1 Egypt 1080p: 31 FPS
  • Antutu: 9614
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