The archrivals have thrown themselves into the war. Microsoft Surface versus Google Nexus 7 tablet comparison is natural. People are wondering as to who will win the battle?
Tech archrivals Microsoft and Google have introduced their own tablets to join the brewing tablet war. Microsoft has uncovered a pair of tablets under the Surface brand name. Dubbed the Surface RT and Surface Pro, the tablets are to respectively run on Windows RT and Windows 8 Professional. Meanwhile, Google has unveiled a 7-inch tablet, which is to feature the next Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). There are lots of significant differences between the gadgets. From the display size to firmware, the Surface and Nexus tablets have their own specialties. Here is a comparison of the tablets.
Microsoft hasn’t divulged complete details regarding the dimensions of the Surface tablets. The Surface RT is thinner and lighter than Surface Pro. The RT is 9.3 thick and it weighs 676 grams. Meanwhile, the Pro is 13.5mm thick and it has a weight of 903 grams. On the other hand, Google’s Nexus 7 has the dimensions of 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm. Well, it is lighter than an iPad and even Amazon Kindle Fire. Though thicker than the RT, the Nexus tablet weighs only at 340 grams thanks to a small display.
Both the Surface tablets sport 10.6-inch ClearType HD displays. Microsoft has developed its Surface tablets with large displays so that they look like hybrids of tablets and Ultrabooks. In case of Surface Pro, it is a complete hybrid of a tablet and notebook as it runs on Windows Pro, the computer version of the new operating system.
Microsoft has developed two Surface tablets – Surface RT and Pro- respectively to feature ARM and Intel chips. The RT will get its power from an ARM-based microprocessor; meanwhile the Pro will be equipped with Intel’s third generation Ivy Bridge processor (Core i5). Windows RT is the special version of Windows 8 for ARM-based tablets. Google Nexus 7, at the same time, will be powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU that packs a 12-core GPU and 1GB of RAM.
Microsoft’s Surface RT will come with two memory variants; 32GB and 64GB. Surface Pro, more being an Ultrabook rather than a tablet, will feature two memory versions; 64GB and 128GB. Compared with the Surface tablets, Nexus 7 falls short in memory. The Google tablet’s basic version ($199) features only 8GB of memory, while the premium version ($249) has 16GB.
It is an area of high competition between the gadgets. Surface tablets – RT and Pro – have Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro respectively. It is when Google is to uncover its Nexus 7 with the new version of Android. Google has already demoed Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at its I/O developer conference. The new version of Android will brag a set of advanced features including Android Beam, NFC, Google Now and many others.
Connectivity, apps and others
As per Microsoft, its Surface RT will have all necessary connectivity and other features such as microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae and others. The device will also feature Office 15 Apps, Touch Cover and Type Cover. Surface Pro will feature microSDXC, USB 3.0 (thanks to Ivy Bridge), Mini DisplayPort Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae and more. Apart from Touch and Type covers, the tablet will have a pen with Palm Block.
Meanwhile, Google’s own Android tablet is to come with integrated Wi-Fi, a front-facing camera and a powerful 4,325mAh battery. However, there will be no microSD card slot. The device will further have a microphone, NFC for Android Beam, Bluetooth, GPS, accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope and more.
In fact, Microsoft has only revealed scant details about its Surface tablets. The company is yet to expose more specs, features, price tag and release date of the Surfaces. But, Google has made public all details about its Nexus tablet, which is set for official release mid-July for a price of $199. The low price factor will certainly give an edge to Galaxy 7 over the Surface and other competitors.