BY | November 17, 2012

Both are great tabs and Microsoft Surface RT tablet vs ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity specs comparison makes an interesting reading

Microsoft Surface tablet is all the rage right now in the market. It has got lion’s share since its launch in the market and with great reviews, there is every chance that it is going to be a big threat to market’s established players including Apple’s recently launched 4th generation iPad and other Android tablets including Taiwanese technology giant ASUS’s Transformer Pad Infinity.

Microsoft’s launch of tablets by itself has stunned not just its competitors including Apple and Samsung, but also established tech companies including HP and Lenovo so much that they have openly tried to criticise the product. Apple has taken a lead and one of its top executive has gone to the extent of calling it expensive and kludgy.

Many people are puzzled the way these companies have taken to attacking Samsung immediately after the launch of Surface RT tablet more so because users have only good things to say about this beautiful product. Surface tablet’s arrival in the market starts a new development in the tablet market as it is going to add to tablet’s usefulness by many notches by its ability to integrate Microsoft’s Office into tablets.

Right now many tech blogs and newspapers are busy comparing Surface tablets with their Android and Apple counterparts. Indeed, here we go for an interesting comparison between Surface RT and Asus’ Android 4.0 ICS-based Transformer Pad Infinity tablet. Sporting a 10.1-inch display, the Asus tablet is a big threat for Surface RT that mounts a slightly larger 10.6-inch display. Here comes our comparison of Surface RT and Pad Infinity.

Microsoft’s Surface RT comes loaded with the software giant’s Windows RT OS. It is the first machine to feature the special ARM variant of Windows 8. It runs almost all key and essential apps that include MS Office package and Xbox Music (when available). Plus, Microsoft avails special ARM-based apps for the device on Windows Store. The Asus tablet is one of major tabs we have with the latest Android version, i.e. Ice Cream Sandwich. We have no idea when it will get Jelly Bean updates.

Microsoft’s t latest tablet comes with a 10.6-inch ClearType HD display. It offers a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels at 148-ppi. Transformer Pad Infinity, at the same time, comes with a 10.1-inch display, which is far better with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels at 224 ppi. It makes use of Super IPS+ LCD technology for better functioning. Both the machines are drawing power from Nvidia Tegra 3 T30 quad core chipsets. The Microsoft tablet is up with 1.3GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, while the Pad Infinity features 1.6GHz processor. Further, the former is backed by a 520MHz ULP GeForce and 2GB of RAM, while the latter is with 12-core GPU and 1GB of RAM.

When it comes to storage, both the tablets come in two memory options; 32GB and 64GB. They also feature microSD slots that you can use to expand memory using external memory sticks. So you will not feel the lack of memory with the machines. Microsoft hasn’t given much focus to the camera part of the device. It might have intentionally done this, because there is no much need for a heavy rear camera on a gigantic gadget. Anyway, Surface RT has only a 1.2MP rear and the same front camera for general use and video chatting. The Asus tablet, on contract, packs an 8MP high quality rear camera. It shows off LED flash, F2.2 aperture, back-illuminated sensor (BSI), auto focus and more. A 2MP front cam is also there. So as far as camera is concerned Asus tablet is sure a winner.

Both the tabs come with almost similar connectivity options. Surface RT is surely rich in connectivity options. It is up with the latest Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, USB 2.0 and TV-Out and OTA sync. The Asus machine almost has the same things. But, it is with Bluetooth 3.0 and it has Wi-Fi and USB port. In addition, the tablet sports HDMI port for streaming data to big monitors and HDTVs. Microsoft is selling Surface RT’s base version for $499. The 64GB edition will come for $599. With the Touch Cover, each device will get an extra of $100. The Transformer Pad Infinity is rather cheaper. Its 16GB version is now available for around $470. But price is not going to play much on people’s minds. Many people will likely go for Surface RT tablet given the fact that it comes with Microsoft’s Windows tag and people may like to give it a try.

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  • http://nvonews.com/2012/11/17/microsoft-surface-rt-tablet-vs-asus-transformer-pad-infinity-specs-comparison/ iftikhar

    Microsoft Surface is gigantic device with pathetic camera specs. 1.2 MP general use camera is really placing a big ? over Surface while comparing it with Asus.