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

Surface Pro picture
Availability
IntroducedJune 18, 2012June 18, 2012
Pre-orderedNot available for pre-orderedNot available for pre-ordered
ReleasedOctober 26, 2012February 9, 2013
ConfigurationsSurface 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