Tablet showdown: iPad Mini vs. Microsoft Surface with Windows RT

October 17th, 2012 Posted in Apple News, Industry News

Microsoft is more than a week away from the Oct. 26 debut of the new Microsoft Surface tablet. While Apple will hold a product launch event on October 23rd, where we assume the long-rumored iPad mini will be unveiled. The tablet war is heating up.

We’ve pulled together the rumored specification of iPad Mini to compare it to Microsoft Surface.

Below is the feature-based comparison of the Surface with iPad Mini.

Apple iPad Mini vs Microsoft Surface: Price

The Surface will cost $499, $599 and $699 for 32GB without Black Touch Cover, 32GB with Black Touch Cover and 64GB with Black Touch Cover. It will start shipping on Oct. 26. We estimate price for the cheapest iPad Mini is $326-399, as you know, the 9.7in iPad starts at $499.

Apple iPad Mini vs Microsoft Surface : Dimensions

The Surface RT tablet measures 10.81×6.77×0.37in, and weighs less than 1.5 lbs, which is similar to Apple’s iPad at 0.37 inch thick and weighing 1.44 pounds. And we would expect the iPad Mini to be thinner and lighter than the Surface’s 9.3 millimeters and 1.5 pounds. According to the report from Electronista, the iPad Mini will be just 7.3mm thick.

Apple iPad Mini vs Microsoft Surface: Screen

The screen size of iPad Mini is probably a 7.85in display according to the overwhelming amount of rumours and reports. While the surface has a 10.6″ ClearType HD Display with 1366×768 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio.

Apple iPad Mini vs Microsoft Surface: Processor

The iPad Mini is likely to use Apple’s A5 processor with chip clocked at 1GHz. The Surface RT uses an NVIDIA T30 processor and 2GB of RAM.

Apple iPad Mini vs Microsoft Surface: Storage

Microsoft opts for only 32GB and 64GB models with the Surface. Numbers of reports propose that the cheapest iPad Mini will also have 8GB of storage. There’s also scope for 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models.

Apple iPad Mini vs Microsoft Surface: Cameras

Microsoft Surface has two 720p HD cameras, front and rear-facing. Similar to Surface, iPad Mini will have an HD rear facing camera and a front facing camera.

Apple iPad Mini vs Microsoft Surface: Connectivity

For connectivity, there is a big difference between iPad Mini and the Surface RT. The iPad Mini will use Apple’s new Lightning connector brought along with the iPhone 5. Microsoft Surface with Windows RT uses full-size USB 2.0. The latter adopts Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0 technology. We can bet that, like the Surface, iPad Mini will have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on-board.

Apple iPad Mini vs Microsoft Surface: Battery

ArsTechnina suggests, and we agree, that the iPad Mini will offer 8-10 hours of battery life while The battery of the Surface RT is supposed to last “up to 8 hours mixed activity” and have a “7-15 days idle life”.

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