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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 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.

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

Availability

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

Hardware

  • 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
  • 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): 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
  • Operating system: Windows RT

Software

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

Processor

  • 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

GPU

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

Memory

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

Storage

  • Internal size: 32 GB
  • Internal size: 64 GB, 128 GB
  • External storage: Yes
  • 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

  • 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
  • Video resolution: 720p

Front Camera

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

Rear Camera

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

Ports

  • 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
Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer

Sensors

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

Battery

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