Specs summary

Screen
10.6"

The Microsoft Surface RT's screen is 10.6 inches with 768 x 1366 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3 GHz

There is a ARM Cortex-A9 Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Windows RT operating system (OS).

Camera
1+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 1+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
31WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 31 WHr battery. Microsoft's performance ratings are 15 days standby time.



If it was Microsoft's intention to build a solid, feature rich, multi-functional tablet with a sense of style, they nailed it with the Surface.

- George Ponder , WPCentral 


The Surface may, one day, be as useful as the iPad and its library of 300,000 apps, but it isn’t right now. Again though, I really like this tablet. If you have the disposable income to afford it, this is currently the best way to experience Windows 8/RT.

- Jeffrey Van Camp , Digital Trends 

Reviews summary

7.3/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 34 reviews

Tablet computers have been around for a very long time now. And so has Windows. But combining the two traditionally hasn’t resulted in a very good product. Enter the Microsoft Surface RT tablet. It’s the culmination of Microsoft’s most recent efforts to “reimagine” Windows and mobile computing in general. Though there have been many attempts at making Windows-powered tablet computers in the past, those usually turned out to be either inadequate in terms of power, or simply too expensive to be worth considering. With the Surface RT tablet, Microsoft aims to bring a successful Windows-powered solution to the tablet computing market once and for all. Has it finally managed to accomplish this seemingly impossible task?

In trying, Microsoft outfitted its Surface RT with a 10.6-inch, 1366x768 touchscreen display which can be paired with an external keyboard for the “full” Windows 8 experience. As an ARM-based device, it uses a 1.3GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, much like many of the most popular Android-based tablet computers of today. Other hardware features include 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a USB 2.0 port, HDMI-out, and a microSD card slot. Notably absent features include NFC and LTE cellular connectivity, which means that for the time being, it’s Wi-Fi-only.

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It's hard to talk about this tablet without mentioning its innovative cover. The smart cover option lets users choose between a Touch Cover, which has pressure-sensitive keys, and a Type Cover, which has actual scissor-switch keys, to type stuff with. These covers, which are available separately, make typing on the go a lot easier and also protect the tablet when it’s not in use. Though technically, it isn’t a part of the tablet itself, the well-designed addition is counted by many as one of its best features.

This tablet is truly interesting, and it looks ready to take the world tablet PC market by storm. But its job isn’t just to wow people who have never used a Windows tablet before. It also has to convince people that Android or iOS aren’t worthy alternatives. It has to be so good that people would be willing to go for the smaller app ecosystem and miss out on some of today’s most advanced hardware features. By itself, it’s certainly impressive, but once you pit it up against the likes of the iPad or the Nexus 10, things start to sober up.

At the end of the day, a choice has to be made, and the people who end up with the Surface RT from Microsoft are bound to be the ones who choose to try a new perspective. Microsoft says it’s time for a change, and here it is offering something different. The question is, are you ready for it?

Need to Know: Microsoft Surface RT

1. Uses a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC and ships with 2GB of RAM. (The Good)

2. Has an HD touchscreen display with 5-point multi-touch support. (The Good)

3. Touch Cover and Type Cover accessories cost extra. (The Bad)

4. Windows RT feels like a gimped version of Windows 8 for the desktop. (The Bad)


Reviews (7.3/10 Avg. rating)


148Apps

A fairly respectable physics based racing game

from 148Apps

So, Offroad Legends 2 isn’t quite perfect but it is reasonably enjoyable. While you’ll sometimes be frustrated by its unfair moments, it’s mostly a good way to scratch that physics-based racing itch.

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So, Offroad Legends 2 isn’t quite perfect but it is reasonably enjoyable. While you’ll sometimes be frustrated by its unfair moments, it’s mostly a good way to scratch that physics-based racing itch.

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Pocket Gamer

A shiny, reasonably well put together game

from Pocket Gamer

There's nothing particularly broken about Offroad Legends 2. It does what it sets out to do admirably well. It just misses a few crucial beats that could have made it essential.

You'll have fun while you're playing it, but it often feels that, with a tweak here and a new idea there, you could be having a lot more...

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There's nothing particularly broken about Offroad Legends 2. It does what it sets out to do admirably well. It just misses a few crucial beats that could have made it essential.

You'll have fun while you're playing it, but it often feels that, with a tweak here and a new idea there, you could be having a lot more.

Since there isn't a premium Trials game on iOS, Offroad Legends 2 is probably your best bet for something along the same lines, but while it's a reasonably solid imitation of that series, it's still just an imitation. 

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TechRadar

A solid tablet which delivers a great experience

from TechRadar

Surface makes you want to pick it up and play, pleases you with the delivery of Windows RT and the live tiles make it feel personal and alive.

Performance is a real issue, but since Tegra is at the heart of high performing tablets, we hope that RT can be tweaked to iron out slowdown issues...

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Surface makes you want to pick it up and play, pleases you with the delivery of Windows RT and the live tiles make it feel personal and alive.

Performance is a real issue, but since Tegra is at the heart of high performing tablets, we hope that RT can be tweaked to iron out slowdown issues.

Microsoft's hardware designers should be applauded for delivering a solid tablet which delivers a great experience, but now it's down to the fortunes of the Windows Store to decide whether Microsoft Surface is remembered in history.

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PC Pro

A superbly designed tablet that’s ideal for mobile professionals

from PC Pro

One of our biggest original criticisms of the Surface RT was its lack of performance. That objection has mostly been wiped away by the firmware updates. The new version of Office also feels much better tied to the operating system, even if it still has those annoying restrictions.

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One of our biggest original criticisms of the Surface RT was its lack of performance. That objection has mostly been wiped away by the firmware updates. The new version of Office also feels much better tied to the operating system, even if it still has those annoying restrictions.

As a standalone tablet, though, it still falls behind the iPad and the cream of the Android crop. There are some nice apps available for Windows RT, but there’s no strength in depth compared to its two major OS rivals.

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Tablet News

Very nice design, some features lacking that could have made it big

from Tablet News

Microsoft Surface RT gets a 9.5 out of 10 for design, a 9 for the hardware, minus the camera and an 8.3 for the OS and UI, that feels unfinished and incomplete, compared to Windows 8 and other platforms out there. I frankly prefer the ASUS VivoTab RT as a Windows RT device and that’s why this model gets a trade of 8.93 out of 10.

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Microsoft Surface RT gets a 9.5 out of 10 for design, a 9 for the hardware, minus the camera and an 8.3 for the OS and UI, that feels unfinished and incomplete, compared to Windows 8 and other platforms out there. I frankly prefer the ASUS VivoTab RT as a Windows RT device and that’s why this model gets a trade of 8.93 out of 10.

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Know Your Mobile

A good idea but poorly executed

from Know Your Mobile

The device does have its strengths - good exterior design, decent power, good multitasking and the flexibility of the Office suite. However, it's not enough to compensate for the crippling inadequacy of the interface's key controls, a factor which dwarfs the rest of the otherwise minor gripes we could've probably forgiven.

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The device does have its strengths - good exterior design, decent power, good multitasking and the flexibility of the Office suite. However, it's not enough to compensate for the crippling inadequacy of the interface's key controls, a factor which dwarfs the rest of the otherwise minor gripes we could've probably forgiven.

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Coolsmartphone

Decent spec but price is definitely a gamble

from Coolsmartphone

Overall I really like the Surface, it is something new and fresh. The design and innovation is admirable, Microsoft should be commended for taking the bold step of showing all of the other OEMs how Win RT should be done.

Whether the Surface just becomes a proof of concept type piece of hardware and we were all just beta testers will remain to be seen. Another concern about the Surface arises when you look at the upcoming hardware for Win RT from the likes of Samsung, Acer, Asus and Dell. All of which design wise make the Surface look a little toy like. The other problem for Surface RT is Windows 8 Pro touchscreen devices. They will offer everything that Win RT offers and then some. At the moment it seems like the Pro models are going to come at a premium cost, almost at an Ultrabook level of pricing....

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Overall I really like the Surface, it is something new and fresh. The design and innovation is admirable, Microsoft should be commended for taking the bold step of showing all of the other OEMs how Win RT should be done.

Whether the Surface just becomes a proof of concept type piece of hardware and we were all just beta testers will remain to be seen. Another concern about the Surface arises when you look at the upcoming hardware for Win RT from the likes of Samsung, Acer, Asus and Dell. All of which design wise make the Surface look a little toy like. The other problem for Surface RT is Windows 8 Pro touchscreen devices. They will offer everything that Win RT offers and then some. At the moment it seems like the Pro models are going to come at a premium cost, almost at an Ultrabook level of pricing.

For Windows RT to succeed the other manufacturers need to release their devices and Microsoft need to do some developer bribing like they are doing with Windows Phone. Oh and maybe drop the price a bit and maybe put a bigger SSD in as well.

As to whether you should buy a Surface or not, I’m not sure. I’m glad I did as it is drastically different from any tablet I’ve ever used and it can hopefully just get better. Just at the moment it is slightly overpriced and slightly redundant in what it can do. The Microsoft Surface is going to be a bit of a waiting game. A bit like Windows Phone.

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Know Your Mobile

A good idea but poorly executed, primarily due to the mind-numbing controls

from Know Your Mobile

We have to say the Surface RT is something of a failure in our view.

The problem is not so much in its inability to achieve what Microsoft set out to, but more the way in which it does it.

It has refinement in spades, but the areas where this is most important are the ones distinctly lacking in the level of refinement required....

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We have to say the Surface RT is something of a failure in our view.

The problem is not so much in its inability to achieve what Microsoft set out to, but more the way in which it does it.

It has refinement in spades, but the areas where this is most important are the ones distinctly lacking in the level of refinement required.

A bit more distillation would have gone a long way here as the concept is sound, but the execution is flawed. It lacks the elegance required to pull off such a bold move.

Fundamentally, interacting with the device to get typical tasks done is not just difficult and un-enjoyable, it’s actually a chore – it makes you hate the device. This can never be good.

Microsoft has fallen at the first hurdle, it’s failed to make a good control system and if the control system is wrong it doesn’t matter what else the platform can do, there’s no desire to carry on using the device.

This is a problem for the Surface RT and Windows RT in general, because unlike Windows 8 it can’t install the third-party UI replacers which already exist.

Perhaps at some point someone will release one in app form, but even so, the device and its platform should stand on its own and it simply does not.

The device does have its strengths - good exterior design, decent power, good multitasking and the flexibility of the Office suite.

However, it's not enough to compensate for the crippling inadequacy of the interface's key controls, a factor which dwarfs the rest of the otherwise minor gripes we could've probably forgiven.

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The Inquirer

Lightweight, sturdy construction, preloaded Microsoft Office 2013 applications suite

from The Inquirer

It might surprise some readers, but overall we found Microsoft's Surface RT to be an impressive tablet that is worth considering, not least for the preloaded Microsoft Office suite of productivity applications. However the Surface RT tablet does have drawbacks, including a shortage of "Metro style" apps available for Windows RT and the fact that it won't run existing Windows PC software applications....

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It might surprise some readers, but overall we found Microsoft's Surface RT to be an impressive tablet that is worth considering, not least for the preloaded Microsoft Office suite of productivity applications. However the Surface RT tablet does have drawbacks, including a shortage of "Metro style" apps available for Windows RT and the fact that it won't run existing Windows PC software applications.

Those who are interested in buying a Surface tablet might want to wait a while until the other Surface tablet model with an Intel X86 processor comes out, and then choose the one that best fits their needs.

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TabletPCReview

Exceptional design and hardware performance

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The Microsoft Surface for Windows RT is an exceptionally convincing and polished device hardware-wise, which represents serious competition for existing top-class 10-inch tablets. Compared to these, it has certain advantages and shortcomings which make it highly specific and differentiated, and thus suitable for purchasers with particular requirements. To sum up: those who want a device which is a reduced notebook in practice (physically as well as functionally reduced), and not a blown-up version of a smartphone, will get the most out of the Surface....

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The Microsoft Surface for Windows RT is an exceptionally convincing and polished device hardware-wise, which represents serious competition for existing top-class 10-inch tablets. Compared to these, it has certain advantages and shortcomings which make it highly specific and differentiated, and thus suitable for purchasers with particular requirements. To sum up: those who want a device which is a reduced notebook in practice (physically as well as functionally reduced), and not a blown-up version of a smartphone, will get the most out of the Surface.

Some details which are reminiscent of a notebook and which other tablets lack, have been elegantly solved, much like the USB slot, the Office applications, identical user interface like the 'real' Windows 8 include (even the desktop mode) and the ease of synchronizing the tablet with other devices with Microsoft operating systems.

Purchasers who find such features to be important tablet components will surely be most happy with Surface. If you want a higher screen resolution, you will have to look for a Windows RT tablet at some other manufacturer's shop, while those who appreciate a more opulent choice of applications, less unpolished details, and a user interface that does not require getting used to will be more pleased with an iPad or some other Android OS tablet.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date October 26, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows RT

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Secondary OS No
Processor ARM Cortex-A9 Quad-core 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32/64 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.5 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 31 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time 8 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 8 hours
3G Surfing Time No
4G Surfing Time No
Reading Time No
Standby Time 15 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Magnesium alloy
Colors Dark Titanium
Dimensions [H x W x D] 27.5 x 17.2 x 0.9 cm (10.8 x 6.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 680 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 768 x 1366 pixels
Pixel density 148 pixels
Size 10.6 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm No
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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