Surface RT vs. Surface Pro 1 – Full Specs Comparison

Here's what you need to know what's different between Surface RT and Surface Pro 1 specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

Surface RT vs. Surface Pro 1

Surface RT

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Surface Pro

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Key Features
What's newWindows 8 Pro You can do everything as you've ever done on your PC.
Laptop class performance powered by 3rd Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB, and up to 128GB of SSD storage.
Touch & Inking It support 10-point multitouch and Surface Pen with 1,024 pressure sensitivity.
Kickstand Comes with integrated kickstand easy to switch between tablet and laptop mode.
Detachable Touch & Type Cover Be more productive with full-size keyboard doubling as a protective screen cover.
More Magnet charging connector, Full-size USB 3.0 port, Bluetooth 4.0, HD front and rear camera,
What's missing
Availability
IntroducedJune 18, 2012June 18, 2012
Pre-orderedNot available for pre-orderedNot available for pre-ordered
ReleasedOctober 26, 2012February 9, 2013
PricingSurface RT
• $499 - 2 GB | 32 GB
• $599 - 2 GB | 64 GB

Surface RT with Black Touch Cover
• $599 - 2 GB | 32 GB
• $699 - 2 GB | 64 GB
Intel® Core™ i5
• $899 - i5 | 4 GB | 64 GB
• $999 - i5 | 4 GB | 128 GB
Software
Pre-Installed OSWindows RT• Windows 8 Pro
• Upgradable to Windows 10 Pro
Built-in AppsMicrosoft Office Home and Student 2013 RTMicrosoft Office 30-days trial
Display
Size10.6 inches10.6 inches
Resolution1366 x 768 (208 PPI), 1M Pixels1920 x 1080 (208 PPI), 2M Pixels
Technology• ClearType HD Display
• Aspect ratio: 16:9
• Touch: 5 point multi-touch
• ClearType Full HD Display
• Aspect ratio: 16:9
• Touch: 10 point multi-touch
• Surface Pen support (1st Gen)
Internal Specs
CPUNVIDIA Tegra 3
4+1 cores, 1MB Cache, 1.40 GHz Single Core, 1.30 Quad-Core
3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i5-3317U
2 cores, 4 threads, 3MB SmartCache, 1.70 GHz up to 2.60 GHz, 17W
GraphicsULP NVIDIA
12 graphic cores
Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Memory2 GB of RAM
4GB
Dual Channel Memory
Storage
32 GB 64 GB
Storage
64GB128GB
SSD
Network• Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n compatible
• Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
• Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n compatible
• Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
Battery
Size31.5 Wh42 Wh
Battery LifeUp to 8 hours of local video playback7-15 days of idle life
Power Supply24W power supply48W power supply with USB-A (5W) charging port
Exterior
Dimensions10.81” x 6.77” x 0.37” (275 mm x 172 mm x 9.4 mm)10.81” x 6.81” x 0.53” (275 mm x 173 mm x 13.46 mm)
Weight1.5 lbs (680 g)2 lbs (910 g)
Casing• VaporMg
• Kickstand with 1 position @22-degree
• Physical buttons: volumes, power
• VaporMg
• Kickstand with 1 position @22-degree
• Physical buttons: volumes, power
Colors
Dark Titanium
Dark Titanium
Keyboard and Trackpad• Two-finger multitouch gesture trackpad
• Full-size mechanical backlit keyboard.
• Two-finger multitouch gesture trackpad
• Full-size mechanical backlit keyboard.
Ports• 1 x Full-size USB 3.0
• 1 x microSD™ card reader
• 1 x Surface charging port
• 1 x Headset jack
• 1 x Micro HDMI video out port
• 1 x Cover port
• 1 x Full-size USB 3.0
• 1 x microSD™ card reader
• 1 x Surface Charging Port
• 1 x Headset jack
• 1 x Mini DisplayPort
• 1 x Cover port
Camera & Audio
Camera• 720p HD LifeCam front-facing camera
• 720p HD LifeCam rear-facing camera
• 720p HD LifeCam front-facing camera with TrueColor Technology
• 720p HD LifeCam rear-facing camera with TrueColor Technology
Audio• Dual microphones
• Stereo speakers
• Single microphone
• Stereo speakers
Misc
Sensors• Ambient light sensor
• Accelerometer
• Gyroscope
• Compass
• Ambient light sensor
• Accelerometer
• Gyroscope
• Compass
Surface PenNot Supported• Support Surface Pro Pen (Included with purchase)
• 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity
• Wacom Active Pen technology
• Can be attached to charging port
Surface DialNot SupportedCompatible with Surface Dial off-screen interaction
SecurityN/AN/A
In the box• Surface RT
• Power supply
• Quick Start Guide
• Safety and warranty documents
• Surface Pro
• Surface Pro Pen
• Power supply
• Quick Start Guide
• Safety and warranty documents
WarrantyOne-year limited hardware warrantyOne-year limited hardware warranty