Microsoft Surface tablet 2013: Features, performance, price & review in India

This article talks about the technical specifications, features, price and performance of Microsoft Surface tablet. There is so much hype about this tablet in the market that I have included hands-on-review of this device here. This tablet has marked the entry of Microsoft in to the hardware market and the company has lot at stake with this tablet. Let's find out more about the interesting tablet.

Microsoft has finally entered in to the hardware market with the launch of a tablet called Surface tablet. There is much hype about this tablet, so today I am bringing to you its hands-on-review. Whether its design or operating system, every part of this device is too good. This piece of gadget looks really a promising one to me. The main USP of this gadget is that it is backed by the software major Microsoft. This gadget is available in two versions namely 'Surface with Windows RT' and 'Surface with Windows 8 Pro'. Both of them have similar specifications but the operating systems vary a lot. There are some minor hardware differences too.

Microsoft Surface tablet

Design & shape of Microsoft Surface tablet 2013 :

This gadget has dimensions of 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 inches for the Windows RT version model and of 10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53 inches for Windows 8 pro model. Although both the versions look alike, the software and some hardware specifications differ. This tablet comes with a 10 inch screen and a front facing camera. On the bottom of this phone, there is a central button for home screen. This button can be identified by an image of windows. Music jacks and SD card readers are provided on both sides of this tablet. The tablet is made of high strength plastic. It has a glossy finish. Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro models have 1.5 lbs and 2 lbs weight respectively. Both are made up of titanium metal for body strength. Windows RT version is for the professionals and Pro version is for the students and regular / normal users.

Technical specifications of Windows RT Surface tablet:

This gadget is very advanced in hardware and can beat any other leading brand of tablet in the market. I liked some of its specifications very much. Such specs are not available in any other tablet. So let's see what specs Windows RT Surface tablet has.

  • First of all, I would like to discuss the operating system of this gadget. Windows RT is the operating system in this version of surface tablet and comes with following apps: Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview1 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote), Windows Mail and Messaging, SkyDrive (Cloud storage), Internet Explorer 10, Bing, Xbox Music, Video and Games. There are so many apps available in this operating system.

  • Now comes the processing speed of this tablet and it is equipped with Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor with 2GB RAM to support it. This is the first tablet that is using NVIDIA processor who generally manufactures graphics cards for computers and tablets.

  • Tablet has 10.6 inch 5 point touch screen with Clear Type HD Display. It gives a total pixel count of 1366x768 pixels, which I think is an ideal one for running Blu-ray movies and videos.

  • Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, are some of the sensors which are inbuilt in this piece of gadget.

  • For connectivity this device comes with Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0 technology. Both of options are very fast and data transfer rates are very high using these technologies. So in my sense, Microsoft have done a great home work by installing such a good networking hardware in this device.

  • There are two variants available for storage namely 32 GB and 64 GB and then you 10 GB free storage facility in Sky drive.
    So this was all about the specs of the Tablet and now I will discuss about the windows 8 Pro version. I have only pointed out the differences between the two models.

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    Technical specification of Windows 8 Pro Surface tablet:

    Now in this section, we will see the differences between the Windows RT Surface with Windows 8 Pro, as I have already discussed about the RT version.
  • This uses the current version of windows 7 with upgradation to windows 8.

  • Has 10 point touch screen and pixel count which is higher than RT version (1920X1080p). Pixel count of Pro version is much more then RT version, hence the picture quality of the pro version is better then the RT.

  • This version comes with the 3rd Gen Intel Core i5 Processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000 and 4GB RAM—Dual Channel Memory to assist thus processor.

  • There are two options available for storage viz., 64 GB and 124 GB.

  • So these were the specification about both versions. You have to pay extra for the keyboards coming with this tablet. 124 GB will cost you around Rs 50000 and cheapest version among them is the 32 GB versions which will cost approx Rs 25000. Now comes the conclusion part.


    Now we have come to the end of this review, hope you would have liked it. Price of Microsoft Surface tablet in India is around Rs 25000 but right now, it is not available in the open market. There are plenty of accessories available for this tablet in market. You can play games, movies, hear songs seamlessly without any problem in this device. There are many other options available for you and I have named some of them here. One factor which will decide the success of this gadget is that how differently it comes out from other hybrid tablets available in the market. In my view, this tablet looks very promising to me and will give tough competition to the other players currently available in the market.

    Here is the list of other tablets which you can consider:

  • Lenovo Yoga 11S

  • HP Elitebook Revolve

  • ThinkPad Helix

  • Razer Edge

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