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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 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.


The Asus Transformer Book Trio is a hybrid tablet that runs both Windows 8 and Android Jelly Bean. The Trio is powered by an Intel Atom processor inside the tablet and a Haswell-based Core i7 processor in its keyboard dock which also has extra I/O ports and a larger, built-in battery.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Feb. 9, 2013
  • Price at launch: $899.00


  • Status: Announced
  • Availability date: 2013
  • Height: 6.81 inches
  • Width: 10.81 inches
  • Thickness: 0.53 inches
  • Weight: 1.99 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: Stereo


  • Color: Silver
  • 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: LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Operating system: Windows 8


  • Operating system: Windows 8, Android
  • Launch OS version: 4.2
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • CPU model: Core i5-3317U
  • Clock speed: 1.7 GHz
  • Cores: 2


  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Cloverview
  • CPU model: Atom Z2580
  • Clock speed: 2 GHz
  • Cores: 2
  • Brand: Intel
  • Model: HD Graphics 4000


  • RAM size: 4 GB


  • Internal size: 64 GB, 128 GB
  • External storage: Yes
  • External storage support: microSD


  • Internal size: 64 GB, 1000 GB
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0


  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Video resolution: 720p

Front Camera

  • Video resolution: 720p

Rear Camera

  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort


  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Proprietary
Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer


  • Capacity: 42 Wh


  • Capacity: 19.5 Wh
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