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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.


The Kindle Fire HD features an 8.9-inch 1920x1200, 254ppi display. It includes an HD front-facing camera, HDMI output, Bluetooth connectivity, and a laminated touch sensor for better visuals and 25-percent less glare. Under the hood, Amazon has dropped in a Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 processor.

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


  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Nov. 20, 2012
  • Price at launch: $299.00
  • Height: 10.81 inches
  • Width: 6.77 inches
  • Thickness: 0.37 inches
  • Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: Stereo


  • Height: 9.45 inches
  • Width: 6.5 inches
  • Thickness: .35 inches
  • Weight: 1.25 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


  • Screen size (diagonal): 8.9 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1200 px
  • PPI: 254
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Operating system: Windows RT


  • Operating system: Android
  • CPU brand: Nvidia
  • CPU family: Tegra 3
  • Cores: 4


  • CPU brand: TI
  • CPU family: OMAP 4
  • CPU model: OMAP4470
  • Clock speed: 1.5 GHz
  • Cores: 2
  • RAM size: 2 GB


  • RAM size: 1 GB
  • Internal size: 64 GB, 32 GB
  • External storage support: microSD


  • Internal size: 32 GB, 16 GB
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0


  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Video resolution: 720p

Front Camera

  • Video resolution: 720p

Rear Camera

  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: USB


  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Micro USB, HDMI
Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer


Proximity, Ambient Light, Accelerometer
  • Capacity: 31.5 Wh
  • Quoted use time: 8 hr


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