Microsoft Surface Tablets - Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro

This article gives you a detailed overview of the Microsoft Surface and the difference between Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro. Read on to find in-depth information on Microsoft Surface tablets.

Understanding Microsoft Surface

The Microsoft Surface is a new range of tablet PC and tablet launched by Microsoft. It would be right to assume that the company has launched this new range to give competition to the numerous Android based tablet PCs ruling the market, particularly the iPad.

With the introduction of Microsoft Surface the company aims to break the monopoly of Google's Android over the tablet industry. Microsoft has played a big gamble with the hope of taking over the industry and becoming the lead Tablet PCs manufacturer. It also hopes to build a platform for the new operating system which is designed to work for conventional computers.

Similar external features of Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro

Let's take a look at how similar the two models are -
Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro have similar external features and pretty much the same appearance.
The outer casing of both models is made from magnesium, which makes them strong, scratch and smudge resistant.
The screens are covered with Gorilla glass which is tough and also enables perfect viewing from different angles.
Each device has a kickstand installed at the back which makes it easier to work on the gadgets.
Two kinds of magnetic keyboard and track pad covers can be used with the devices; one comes with three dimensional conventional keys and the other is completely multi-touch.

A Look at the major differences between the two models

The models are not "all" similar. There are a number of variations between the two devices as well. Here is a look at how contrasting the two models are in major fields –
A look at the physical dimension shows the
Windows 8 Pro model is broader than the Windows RT model, probably because it is more loaded.

The Windows 8 Pro model has an Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks grade CPU by Intel which is completely functional and would offer better processing power and enable running of the Metro and desktop interfaces backed by Windows 8 Operating System.
The Windows RT model on the other hand has an ARM based CPU developed by nVidia, which has its limitations as it restricts the Windows 8 experience by confining it to the Metro User interface alone.

Specifications of Windows RT

Processor - N Vidia Tegra – based
Operating system - Windows RT
Battery - 31.5Wh
Internal Memory -32 GB/64GB
Input/Output - microSD/USB2.0/2x2MIMO antennae/HDMIDisplay10.6" HD capacitive Touch Screen
Weight - 676grams
Width - 9.3mm
Accessories - Touchcover/Vapor Mg Case/Vapor Mg stand/Type cover
Availability - October 2012

The Windows RT device which goes by the name Microsoft Surface is similar to tablets in its genre and like them operates on the nVidia built ARM based CPU. Many big players in the mobile phone industry are presently using the same in the tablets they manufacture. Some examples are the Samsung Galaxy Tablet series, Apple iPad and Acer Transformer models.

With options for the same already available, how does Microsoft hope to make a mark with its product? The answer lies in Microsoft's modern designs, wide selection of colors and novel accessories. Apart from these features it is also a terrific device for gaming, net browsing and media consumption which is what will make Windows RT create a niche for itself among users.

If Microsoft manages to keep the price competitive and provides ample applications to catch the interest of the consumer then it will move steps ahead of all competition. We still have to wait and watch Microsoft's next tactical move. Whatever it will be, it is bound to arouse a lot of interest in the tech geeks that is for sure.

Windows 8 Pro – Specifications

Processor - Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge)
Operating system - Windows 8 Pro
Battery – 42 Wh
Internal Memory -64 GB/128GB
Input/Output - microSDXC, USB 3.0/ 2x2 MIMO Antennae/Mini DisplayPort
Weight - 903grams
Width – 13.5mm
Accessories - Touch Cover/Type Cover/VaporMg Case & Stand/ Pen with Palm Block
Availability - Within 3months of Windows 8 launch

Microsoft Surface Pro is the much hyped about laptop/tablet hybrid which its competitors need to watch out for. While the device is all set to make its place in the Ultrabooks market based entirely on its specification, it has distinguishable features which would also categorize it as being a tablet with an attachable keyboard and a touchscreen laptop.

Microsoft ensures that the Surface Windows 8 Pro is one up on the other hybrids currently available in the market. It has one major advantage to its credit; it can be operated as a touchscreen device along with its Metro style interface and it can also operate the new desktop for Windows 8 Operating System. This device is the ideal solution for individuals who desire a little flexibility and are not affected by a little larger and slightly weightier device as long as it is good for mobile computing.


You see with a name like Microsoft there is no need for introduction or marketing gimmicks to sell products. Yet, there is no denying there is already a big market where availability is concerned and consumers are not lacking for choice. How successful the two devices are in influencing the market remains to be seen.

Having said that I would like to add, the Windows 8 Pro is frankly quite an innovative device. It is better than the hybrids already in the market and should be capable of holding the interest of those who desire change, convenience and a technically more efficient product. Going by these facts there appears to be little doubt that it will especially give the Apple iPad a run for its money.

Windows 8 is placing Microsoft in a superior position over all its competitors and this will surely be the benchmark with which future tablets, laptops and hybrids will be gauged.

Article by Juana
Juana is a freelance writer publishing with Constant Content and sister sites of Techulator. She writes on a variety of subjects that interest her. She is a voracious reader and that helps her keep abreast with the latest in technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Eng. Lit, is a mom, a wife, a homemaker and a qualified teacher.

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