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The second entry in Google's line of Nexus tablets, Nexus 10 is designed by Google and manufactured by Samsung. It features a plastic unibody frame and a display with 300 PPI. Google's Play store has been updated with HD content to support the new high resolution display. The device has a removable panel on the back that can be replaced with special covers specific to the device.


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.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Nov. 13, 2012
  • Price at launch: $399.00


  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Oct. 26, 2012
  • Price at launch: $499.00
  • Height: 10.39 inches
  • Width: 6.99 inches
  • Thickness: .35 inches
  • Weight: 1.33 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: Stereo


  • Height: 10.81 inches
  • Width: 6.77 inches
  • Thickness: 0.37 inches
  • Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • Screen size (diagonal): 10 inches
  • Technology: Super PLS
  • Resolution (X): 2560 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1600 px
  • PPI: 300
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes


  • Screen size (diagonal): 10.6 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1366 px
  • Resolution (Y): 768 px
  • PPI: 148
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Operating system: Android
  • Launch OS version: 4.2
  • Media streaming: DLNA, Miracast


  • Operating system: Windows RT
  • CPU brand: ARM
  • CPU model: A15
  • Cores: 2


  • CPU brand: Nvidia
  • CPU family: Tegra 3
  • Cores: 4
  • Brand: ARM
  • Model: Mali T604


  • RAM size: 2 GB


  • RAM size: 2 GB
  • Internal size: 16 GB, 32 GB


  • Internal size: 64 GB, 32 GB
  • External storage support: microSD
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • GPS: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • NFC: Yes


  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Effective pixels: 1.9 megapixels

Front Camera

  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Effective pixels: 5 megapixels

Rear Camera

  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Micro HDMI, Micro USB


  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: USB
Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer


Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer
  • Capacity: 9000 mAh
  • Quoted use time: 9 hr


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