Microsoft Surface RT FAQs

Microsoft Surface RT is a completely new device category that Microsoft first introduced to the PC space. It features the VaporMg casing which is a perfectly fit and finishes that is light and durable. It’s a tablet that can be a laptop with an easy click-in Surface Touch Cover and an integrated kickstand.

It’s better to know more about this device before you make a purchase decision, and here is our comprehensive Microsoft Surface RT frequently asked questions that should clear up all your queries. We will try to cover all Surface RT question segments including display, battery, performance, software, and design.

  1. Surface RT Design, Configuration & Purchasing Q&As
  2. Surface RT Display & Screen Q&As
  3. Surface RT Battery & Power Q&As
  4. Surface RT Performance Q&As
  5. Surface RT Software & Compatibility Q&As
  6. Surface RT Miscellaneous Q&As

1 Surface RT Design, Configuration & Purchasing Q&As

1How much does a Surface RT cost?

There are four configurations of Surface RT:

  • Surface RT
    $499 - 32GB $599 - 64GB
  • Surface RT + black Touch Cover
    $599 - 32GB $699 - 64GB
2What are the dimensions of the Surface RT?
Microsoft Surface RT has dimensions of 10.81″ x 6.77″ x 0.37″ (275 mm x 172 mm x 9.4 mm).
3How much does the Surface RT weigh?
Microsoft Surface RT is weight at:

  • WiFi 1.5 lbs (680 g).
4What ports are on the Surface RT?

Here are all the available ports on the Surface RT:

  1. 1 x Full-size USB 2.0
  2. 1 x Micro HDMI video out port
  3. 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack
  4. 1 x Surface proprietary charging port
  5. 1 x MicroSDXC card reader
  6. 1 x Surface Cover port.
5Does Surface RT have a camera?
Yes, there are two cameras on Surface RT:

  1. 720p HD LifeCam front-facing camera.
  2. 720p HD LifeCam rear-facing camera.
6What processor is in Surface RT?

Microsoft Surface RT has only one processor configuration:

  1. NVIDIA Tegra 3
    • Graphics: ULP NVIDIA.
    • Single-Core Frequency: 1.40 GHz
    • Quad-Core Frequency: 1.30 GHz
    • Cache: 1 MB
    • Graphics Cores: 12
    • 4 +1 cores
7Does Surface RT support Surface Pen?
No, Surface RT doesn’t support inking capability.
8Does the new Surface RT come with a keyboard?
No, you will need to purchase the keyboard (Surface Touch Cover or Surface Type Cover) separately. The Surface Touch Cover costs about $120 while the Surface Type Cover costs about $130.
9When was Surface RT released?

Microsoft Surface RT was:

  • Announced on June 18, 2012.
  • Not available for pre-ordered.
  • Available on October 26, 2012.
10Can you upgrade RAM on Surface RT?
No, you can’t upgrade your Surface RT RAM as it was soldered directly onto the motherboard.
11Is the Surface RT fanless?
Yes, All Surface RT is fanless.

2 Surface RT Display & Screen Q&As

12What size is Surface RT’s display?
Surface RT has a 10.6-inch ClearType HD Display.
13What is the resolution of Surface RT?
Surface RT has a resolution of 1366 x 768 and a pixel density of 148ppi (pixels per Inch).

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14What is the aspect ratio of Surface RT?
Surface RT has a 16:9 aspect ratio.

3 Surface RT Battery & Power Q&As

15How long does the Surface RT last?
Microsoft Surface RT’s last 8 hours of battery life for video playback tested by Microsoft.
16What is the battery capacity of Microsoft Surface RT?
Microsoft Surface RT has a battery capacity of 31.5 Wh (4,257 mAh, 7.4V). For more information check:
17How do I charge my Surface RT?
You can charge your Surface RT by using the OEM charger that came with your Surface RT –Plug the charger into the power source and plug the Surface charging connector into the charging port on the right side of the Surface RT. It’s a magnet and reversible connector and it’s an official and recommended charging method by Microsoft.
18Can I charge Surface RT via USB?

No, the USB port on Surface RT is used for data transfer only.

4 Surface RT Performance Q&As

19Can Microsoft Surface RT run Photoshop?
No, it can’t. Surface RT uses the ARM processor which is unable to run traditional desktop software.
20Can the Surface RT run games?
Yes, you can. However, you can download and play games available on Windows Store only.
21Can you code or program on Surface RT?
No, it isn’t an ideal device for coding or programming. Most of the programming tools aren’t available for Windows RT. However, there are some code editors available on Windows Store for basic code-writing assistant.
22Will Surface RT run Office?
Yes, Surface RT comes with a free Microsoft Office RT 2013. Office apps will run smoothly on Microsoft Surface RT.

5 Surface RT Software & Compatibility Q&As

23Does Surface RT run Windows 10?

No, it doesn’t. The latest update for Surface RT is Windows 8.1 Update 3 which includes an option to switch between the Start Menu and the Start Screen.

24Can you download apps on Surface RT?
Yes, you can. You can download safe and Microsoft-verified apps and games from Microsoft Store. However, you can’t download and install any apps from elsewhere.
25Does Surface RT run full Windows?

No, Surface RT ships with Windows RT 8 which works exclusively with apps available in the Windows Store only.

26Is Microsoft Office free on Surface RT?
Yes, Surface RT comes with a Free Microsoft Office RT 2013 including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook RT 2013.
27Does Surface RT need antivirus?
In most cases, you don’t need a third-party antivirus. Windows 8.1 on Surface RT has a built-in Windows Defender for virus and threat protection out of the box. And, since Surface RT runs Windows RT 8.1 operating system, the traditional virus will not even execute at all.

6 Surface RT Miscellaneous Q&As

28Is Surface RT a tablet or a laptop?
It’s a 2-in-1 tablet or laptop. It can function as a tablet and also a laptop when connected to a Surface Type Cover.
29What is the company that makes Surface RT?
Surface RT is a product among other Surface-branded products that are made by the Microsoft company.