BY | January 14, 2013

Microsoft has finally allowed the world to know the specs and other details of its long-awaited Surface Pro tablet/Ultrabook hybrid. It is to give tough fight to Apple’s fourth generation iPad and Google’s Samsung-made Nexus 10 in global tablet market. In other words, Surface Pro with Windows 8 Pro can only survive in the market if it can raise critical threat to iPad 4 and Nexus 4. And so, we think that it is the right time to compare specs and features of Surface Pro with that of iPad 4 and Nexus 10.

Hardware
The tablets almost comes with the same screen size segment; the larger. Surface Pro is the biggest with a 10.6-inch display, while iPad is the smallest with a typical 9.7-inch screen. It is when Nexus 10 keeps a 10.1-inch display. So let us say that they all come in a nearly same display size category. What technologies have the devices employed for displays? Yes, here we make a probe to them. Surface Pro has a ClearType Full HD Display that touts 1920 x 1080 pixels and it is 10-point multitouch capable as well.

Apple beats the Microsoft tablet integrating an LED-backlit IPS LCD on iPad 4. The display panel offers a stunning resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels at 264-ppi. To top it off, Samsung has deployed an outstanding Super PLS TFT panel with an ever better tablet screen resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels at 299-ppi. All the three machines are highly equipped with quality innards as well.

Surface Pro is powered by a powerful third generation Intel Core i5 CPU with Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU and 4GB RAM. Windows 8 Pro will only run on Intel chips; meanwhile it has Windows RT version for ARM-based tablets like the formerly released Surface RT.

The entrails that run iPad 4 mainly include the company’s advanced A6X chipset that is placed inside a 1.4GHz dual core processor. 1GB of RAM and PowerVR SGX554MP4 GPU add strength to the device. In the end, Nexus 10 features Samsung’s Exynos 5250 chipset inside a 1.7GHz dual core Cortex-A15 processor, which is backed by 2GB of RAM and Mali-T604 graphical processor.

Software
All the tablets are known for their software. Surface Pro is the signature tablet of Windows 8 Pro. More companies like Lenovo, Asus and Acer are to release machines for the software in future. Windows 8 is identified for its new Metro-style interface and better performances.

Apple’s new generation tablet PC has rolled out with the brand new iOS 6, which debuted on its latest handset the iPhone 5. It is when the latest Android version – Android 4.2 Jelly Bean – powers the large Nexus tablet. The 4.2 is a highly customized version of 4.1 with special features like multiple profiles and many other advanced things.

Target Audience
Every product has a clear targeted audience, indeed. Microsoft dreams to sell its Surface Pro tablet among those who are disappointed with iOS and Android tablets. The Redmond software giant also hopes that the current Windows OS users may prefer a Windows based tablet to an iOS or Android tablet. They may be more familiar with the interface.

Apple mainly aims iPad 4 at its former iPad version’s owners. The firm also looks to keep up its dominance in tablet market with a fresh and updated edition. It is yet to be seen what an impact iPad 4 has made in a market that has too many highly competitive Android products.

Google’s Nexus 10 is a novel product. Within months after launching its first Android tablet – Nexus 7 in help of Asus – Google has decided to add a larger competitor to the kitty. Through Nexus 10, Google surely intends to steal customers from iPad 4. It also targets the customers, who may go for Surface Pro or RT in excitement of using a Windows tablet.

Price
Microsoft is yet to divulge the price of Surface Pro. The company wishes to take the device to market in a few months. It is expected to be priced somewhere around $1,000. Apple iPad 4’s basic model comes for $499, while Google’s basic Nexus 10 tablet is up for just $399.

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  • John

    Why does everyone want to compare the Surface Pro with the iPad? One runs a full PC OS that will run all legacy PC app while the other runs a phone OS that will only run phone apps from its application store.

    A much better comparison would be the Surface pro vs. the Mac Airbook.

  • Badger

    Why on earth are you trying to compair an ultra book tablet with 2 standard tablets?

    The Surface pro doesnt fall in the same catagory as the Ipad and Nexus as its runs a full blown OS not a bloated version of a phones OS.

    Try compairing it with an ATIV smart PC or a HP slate and your going down the right track.

    These articals tryig to compair the slate to tablets are a pointless waist of time. I cant beleve people get paid for writing this rubbih.

  • Iloveandroidbuthatesamsung

    Would websites PLEASE stop reviewing the Nexus 10? I live in Canada and it has not been available for MONTHS! You might as well be reviewing vaporware!