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Microsoft Surface Pro vs Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T – Windows 8 Tablets At Their Best

by Mihai Matei on November 20, 2012


Although Microsoft has not revealed any Surface RT sales figures, there are some whispers that the company located in Redmond has not really managed to achieve its goals with its first Windows RT tablet. We’ve talked about this at large a few days ago and we’ve also started discussing more about the Surface Pro, wondering whether or not this particular device will save Microsoft’s tablet efforts.

With that in mind, I think it might also be an appropriate time to compare the Surface Pro with one of its future contenders, so in case you’re planning on buying a full-fledged Windows 8-powered tablet then join us after the break and find out the details.

Microsoft Surface Pro vs Samsung ATIV Smart PC PRO

Microsoft Surface Pro vs Samsung ATIV Smart PC PRO

Microsoft Surface Pro vs Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T

Alright folks, before we continue we should point out that at this point only the ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T has been released on the market, whilst the price and launch date of the Surface Pro remain unknown. That being said, we’re going to emphasize more on the hardware specs during this comparison.

Device Name Microsoft Surface Pro Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T
Display Size 10.6 inch 11.6 inch
Display Resolution / PPI 1920 x 1080 / 208 ppi 1920 x 1080 / 190 ppi
CPU Intel Core i5 Intel Core i5-3317U @ 1.5 GHz
GPU Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics 4000
RAM 4 GB – Dual Channel 4 GB DDR3
Storage 64GB / 128GB 128GB SSD
Expandable Storage Yes Yes
Cameras Two 720p HD LifeCams (more info. required) 5 MP main / 2 MP front
Weight 907 g 748 g
Other Stereo speakers, pen input (stylus included), touch or type keyboard cover (optional) Stereo speakers, S-Pen support, optional clamshell keyboard dock
Price TBA $1,199

Now, before we move on with drawing a few conclusions we should point out that although the keyboard dock on the ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T is being advertised as an optional accessory on Samsung’s official webpage, the tablet has been previously sold through Amazon at the same price of $1,199 with keyboard included. Furthermore, Samsung’s spec sheet shows that the i5-3317U CPU is clocked at 1.5 GHz, whereas pretty much every ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T listing at Amazon shows a 1.7 GHz i5-3317U CPU, so be cautious if you intend to buy one.


Overall, these two gadgets are a close match but there are a few differences, as you can see. The screen size is a bit different so despite the fact that both come with a pretty high resolution, there’s a small difference in pixel density. Performance-wise, the tablets should perform similarly considering the fact that the internal hardware seems to be pretty much the same in many key aspects like CPU and RAM.

As far as the release date goes, the Surface Pro might see the light of day within the next 2-3 weeks at the price of $1,163 for the 128 GB model, but the information is not official so both this alleged release timeframe and price is subject to change. These are important factors so, until we find out more about that, feel free to drop us a line and let us know which one of these two Windows 8-powered tablets you’d rather pick, based solely on the hardware.

  • Jeff M

    Mihai, some of the article info is not correct. The Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro is now available. I’ve played with it at the local Microsoft store and it is pretty nice. The weight numbers also don’t seem to match. You list the Samsung at 1600 g, but the Samsung website lists it at 888 g. That’s quite a big difference.

    • Jeff M

      I forgot to mention, the price for the Samsung is $1199.

    • el_div

      Hi Jeff, the article was updated with more accurate info.

  • austin

    I am waiting to hear about the surface Pro pricing. I am hoping it will be reasonable for the 64G model and would jump on it due to the built in kickstand, the touch cover and the pen support. The Samsung was/is my second choice but it can’t really compete with the cool features of the Surface which I mentioned in the last sentence.

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  • Chemdawg

    I’m not sure it is fair to compare the screen sizes that way.

    Samung ATIV claims “11.6 inches”, but that is the total width of the device (including the black border which is not part of the display).

    The Surface Pro has a ACTUAL screen width of 10.6″ and the device itself is 10.81″.

    What is the comparison between actual viewable/touchable screen size?

  • StevieG

    I bought the Samsung ATIV Pro as an upgrade to my Samsung Slate 7 upgraded to Windows 8. I was drawn by the slightly better specs of the ATIV namely, full HD display, HD graphics 4000 and a better camera as a bonus. Although quite heavy, the clamshell tablet/keyboard completing as a carrying case also interested me.

    The display is sweet. The keyboard quite nice and surprisingly comfortable to type on. Unfortunately, that’s where the goodness ends.

    You end up unable to adjust to the proper viewing angle when the display is pushed completely back being limited by the swivel hinge clamping mechanism! Samsung moved the tablets power input port from the left side on the Slate 7 to the bottom on the ATIV making it impossible to prop the tablet up with conventional cases when undocked??? (okay that one is a deal breaker).

    After a few hours of use the screen brightness control via the software quit working and no matter what I tried, I was unable to fix it. As is the case with my Slate 7, with Samsung, the factory restore partition really means you loose all the bloat ware including great programs like S-Note and you have to download 3 gigs of drivers & utilities from their website! S-Note & brightness adjustment, never to be seen again. When you buy a Samsung, update all your drivers and burn an image instead!

    I had to send my ATIV back to the store. I love my Slate 7! Common Microsoft! Release the Surface PRO already. Yours is our best hope!

  • Chris

    Both the width of the Samsung and the screen dimension is 11.6″.
    Screen dimensions are measured along the diagonal.

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