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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.

Description

The W510 is a convertible, full HD touchscreen, IPS display tablet with three different use "modes," including standard tablet style, docked with its detachable keyboard, and rotated 295 degrees from the dock in "presentation mode." With the keyboard docked Acer says the tablet can see up to 18 hours of battery life.

The Asus VivoTab RT is a Windows RT tablet that is able to transform into a laptop with a keyboard dock. The tablet is connected to AT&T's LTE network, which makes the VivoTab RT the first Windows 8 tablet supported by AT&T.

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 8 Pro model has an Intel processor and runs the full desktop version of the OS. Microsoft is heavily featuring their Touch Cover for Surface, a thin screen cover that doubles as full keyboard. Surface can also accept stylus input.

Asus's Vivo Tab is a Windows 8 tablet that is able to transform into a laptop with a keyboard dock.

Acer's Iconia W700 is an 11.6-inch Windows 8 touchscreen tablet with a multipurpose cradle allowing for varying orientations and angles. It has a 1080p display, Dolby Home Theater audio, USB 3.0, Micro HDMI plus front and back cameras.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Oct. 26, 2012
  • Price at launch: $499.00

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Nov. 9, 2012
  • Price at launch: $499.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Nov. 16, 2012
  • Price at launch: $599.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Feb. 9, 2013
  • Price at launch: $899.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: 2012
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Oct. 26, 2012
  • Price at launch: $799.99
  • Height: 10.81 inches
  • Width: 6.77 inches
  • Thickness: 0.37 inches
  • Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: Stereo

Hardware

  • Thickness: 0.35 inches
  • Weight: 1.32 pounds
  • Color: White
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • Height: 10.33 inches
  • Width: 6.73 inches
  • Thickness: .33 inches
  • Weight: 1.15 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: None
  • Height: 6.81 inches
  • Width: 10.81 inches
  • Thickness: 0.53 inches
  • Weight: 1.99 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • Weight: 1.49 pounds
  • Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Color: White, Black
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • Screen size (diagonal): 10.6 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1366 px
  • Resolution (Y): 768 px
  • PPI: 148
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes

Display

  • Screen size (diagonal): 10.1 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1366 px
  • Resolution (Y): 768 px
  • Screen size (diagonal): 11.6 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1366 px
  • Resolution (Y): 768 px
  • PPI: 135.09
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 10.6 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px
  • PPI: 207.82
  • Touchscreen type: Dual-digitizer
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 11.6 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1366 px
  • Resolution (Y): 768 px
  • PPI: 135.09
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 11.6 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px
  • PPI: 190
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Operating system: Windows RT

Software

  • Operating system: Windows 8
  • Operating system: Windows RT
  • Launch OS version: 8
  • Operating system: Windows 8
  • Operating system: Windows 8
  • Operating system: Windows 8
  • CPU brand: Nvidia
  • CPU family: Tegra 3
  • Cores: 4

Processor

  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Atom
  • CPU model: Z2760
  • Clock speed: 1.5 GHz
  • CPU brand: Nvidia
  • CPU family: Tegra 3
  • Cores: 4
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • CPU model: Core i5-3317U
  • Clock speed: 1.7 GHz
  • Cores: 2
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU model: Atom
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • CPU model: Core i3, i5

GPU

  • Brand: Nvidia
  • Model: ULP GeForce
  • Brand: Intel
  • Model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Brand: Intel
  • Model: HD Graphics 4000
  • RAM size: 2 GB

Memory

  • RAM size: 2 GB
  • RAM type: DDR2
  • RAM size: 2 GB
  • RAM size: 4 GB
  • RAM size: 4 GB
  • Internal size: 64 GB, 32 GB
  • External storage support: microSD

Storage

  • Internal size: 32 GB
  • External storage: Yes
  • External storage support: microSD
  • Internal size: 32 GB
  • Internal size: 64 GB, 128 GB
  • External storage: Yes
  • External storage support: microSD
  • Internal size: 64 GB
  • Internal size: 128 GB, 64 GB
  • 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
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Carriers: AT&T
  • 3G: Yes
  • GSM: Yes
  • UMTS / HSPA: Yes
  • 4G: Yes
  • LTE: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • NFC: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Video resolution: 720p

Front Camera

  • Effective pixels: 2 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Effective pixels: 2 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Effective pixels: 2 megapixels
  • Effective pixels: 1.3 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Video resolution: 720p

Rear Camera

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

Ports

  • Data connections: Micro HDMI, USB, Micro USB
  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Proprietary, Micro HDMI, Micro USB
  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort
  • Video out: Yes
  • Data connections: Micro HDMI, USB 3.0
Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer

Sensors

Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer
Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer
Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer
  • Capacity: 31.5 Wh
  • Quoted use time: 8 hr

Battery

  • Quoted use time: 9 hr
  • Capacity: 6760 mAh
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted use time: 8 hr
  • Capacity: 42 Wh
  • Quoted use time: 8 hr
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