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Adding some minor updates to the tablet that started it all, the 4th generation iPad drops the classic 30-pin dock connector for a Lightning port and upgrades to an A6X processor that offers double the graphics performance of the A5X. The tablet remains the same beyond that, with the same form factor and display as the 3rd generation model.

Description

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: Nov. 2, 2012
  • Price at launch: $499.00

Availability

  • 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: 9.5 inches
  • Width: 7.31 inches
  • Thickness: 0.37 inches
  • Weight: 1.44 pounds
  • Color: Silver / Black, Silver / White
  • Speakers: Mono

Hardware

  • 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): 9.7 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 2048 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1536 px
  • PPI: 264
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes

Display

  • 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: iOS
  • Launch OS version: 6
  • Media streaming: AirPlay

Software

  • Operating system: Windows RT
  • Operating system: Android
  • CPU brand: Apple
  • CPU model: A6X
  • Clock speed: 1.4 GHz
  • Cores: 2

Processor

  • 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: 1 GB

Memory

  • RAM size: 2 GB
  • RAM size: 1 GB
  • Internal size: 64 GB, 128 GB, 32 GB, 16 GB

Storage

  • 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
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • 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
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Effective pixels: 1.2 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Video framerate: 30

Front Camera

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

Rear Camera

  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Lightning

Ports

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

Sensors

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

Battery

  • Capacity: 31.5 Wh
  • Quoted use time: 8 hr
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