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 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|
|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|
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.