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Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB) vs Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019, SM-T290)

Side by side comparison between Microsoft Surface 2 RT vs Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) tablets, differences, pros, cons with full specifications. What's the better?

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Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)
10.6"
TFT

1080x1920

5
MP

3.1mp

2GB
RAM

32bit Penta

N/A
mAh

(Non removable)

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10PointsSamsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019, SM-T290)Compare Microsoft Surface 2 RT X
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019, SM-T290)
8"
TFT

800x1280

8
MP

2mp

2GB
RAM

64bit Quad

5100
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better tablet? Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019, SM-T290)

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Surface 2 RT (32GB)10 Advantages Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)vsGalaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019, SM-T290)10 Advantages Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019, SM-T290)
+1080x1920 pixels103%
Higher resolution screen
vs800x1280 pixels
+208 PPI10%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
vs189 PPI
+10.6"33%
Larger screen
vs8"
+LED flashAdvantage
The LED flash helps in dark places or in low light
vsNot supported
+(front) 3.1MP64%
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
vs(front) 2MP
+(front) Full HD (1920x1080)125%
More image quality for recording videos with the secondary camera
vs(front) HD (1280x720)
+CompassAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+GyroscopeAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+Active noise cancellationAdvantage
Noise-canceling microphone allows better call quality
vsNot supported
+USB 3.0Advantage
Newer and faster USB version for transferring photos, mp3 or data.
vsMicroUSB 2.0, USB OTG On-The-Go
1.7Ghz 32bit Penta-Corevs+2Ghz 64bit Quad-Core54%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
32GB (15GB available)vs+32GB (21GB available)40%
More internal storage for applications and files
Until 64GB microSD, microSDXCvs+Until 512GB microSD, microSDXC7 times
More external storage for files using memory cards
676 grams (23.66 ounces)vs+345 grams (12.08 ounces)96%
Lighter
8.9 millimeters (0.35 inches)vs+8 millimeters (0.31 inches)11%
Thinner
(back) 5MPvs+(back) 8MP59%
Higher resolution main camera
Not supportedvs+HDR photo only main cameraAdvantage
The HDR technology produced photos with more detail in dark areas
190000 apps (Windows Store)vs+2500000 apps (Google Play Store)12 times
More apps available to download and use
Not supportedvs+A-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDouAdvantage
It's harder to lose yourself in the city with GPS on your device
4.0 + A2DPvs+4.2 + A2DPAdvantage
Bluetooth 4.2 + A2DP is newer and faster

15 Common items in both devices
2GB LPDDR3
TFT LCD
16 million
Only digital zoom
Autofocus
Full HD (1920x1080)
Capacitive
+8 specs and more in the table below

Check the comparison table below for more items that are not evaluated in comparison score above.

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Physical featuresMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019, SM-T290)
ModelSurface 2 RT (32GB)Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019, SM-T290)
Other model namesMicrosoft Surface RT 2, Microsoft Surface 2 RTGalaxy Tab A8" WiFi SM-T290NZKMZTO
Country or region availablefeature not registered(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandMicrosoftSamsung
Release dateSeptember, 2013July, 2019
Depth8.9 millimeters (0.35 inches)8 millimeters (0.31 inches)
Size (width x height)172.5 x 274.6 millimeters (6.79 x 10.81 in)124.4 x 210 millimeters (4.9 x 8.27 in)
Weight676 grams (23.66 ounces)345 grams (12.08 ounces)
Qwerty physical keyboardDock with QWERTY keyboardNot supported
AntennaInternal antennafeature not registered
Build, materialsfeature not registeredPlastic body, glass front, aluminum back
Protection against water and othersNot supportedNot supported
System (OS)Microsoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019, SM-T290)
Operating systemWindows RT 8.1Android 9.0 Pie
Firmware updatefeature not registeredAndroid 10
HardwareMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019, SM-T290)
Chipset32bit - NVIDIA Tegra 4 Wayne (28nm)64bit - Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 SDM429 (12nm)
CPU processor1.7Ghz Penta-Core ARM Cortex-A152Ghz Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53
GPU graphical controllerNVIDIA GeForce ULP MP72 672MhzQualcomm Adreno 504
RAM memory2GB LPDDR32GB LPDDR3
Internal storage32GB (15GB available)32GB (21GB available)
eMMC 5.1
External storageUntil 64GB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)
Until 512GB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)
DisplayMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019, SM-T290)
Display typeTFT LCDTFT LCD
Screen size10.6" inches8" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~65.4% (screen-to-body ratio)~71% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1080x1920 pixels800x1280 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 5-pointsCapacitive Multitouch
Pixel density (dot pitch)208 PPI189 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassNot supportedNot supported
Display featuresfeature not registered60Hz
Mobile networksMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019, SM-T290)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM cardNot supportedNot supported
Maximum download/uploadfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Network technologyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM Mhz bandNot supportedNot supported
Primary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported
CallingMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019, SM-T290)
MessagingE-mail, Push mailE-mail, Push mail
SpeakerphoneSupportedfeature not registered
Video callingSupportedfeature not registered
Call controlNot supportedNot supported
CameraMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019, SM-T290)
Back camera (main camera)5 megapixels8 megapixels
Main camera resolution2592x1944 pixels3264x2448 pixels
Video recording (primary)Full HD (1920x1080) 30 fpsFull HD (1920x1080) 30 fps
FlashLED flashNot supported
Focal aperturefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Focal lengthfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
AutofocusAutofocusAutofocus
Touch focusNot supportedSupported
Image stabilizationfeature not registeredEIS: Digital stabilization
ZoomOnly digital zoomOnly digital zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorNot supportedNot supported
HDRNot supportedHDR photo only main camera
2ª cameraMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019, SM-T290)
Front camera (secondary)3.1 megapixels2 megapixels
Front camera resolution2048x1536 pixels1600x1200 pixels
Video recording (secondary)Full HD (1920x1080)HD (1280x720)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Focal lengthfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
MultimediaMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019, SM-T290)
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, DivX, XviD, H.264, H.263, WMVMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, XviD, MKV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, AC3, FLACMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLAC
ConnectivityMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019, SM-T290)
USBUSB 3.0MicroUSB 2.0, USB OTG On-The-Go
TV outputMicro HDMI Type DNot supported
Audio output3.5mm jack3.5mm jack
Bluetooth4.0 + A2DP4.2 + A2DP
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
DLNANot supportedNot supported
NFCNot supportedNot supported
GPSNot supportedA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDou
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019, SM-T290)
Active noise cancellationSupportedNot supported
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported
Ringtonesfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5, Flash playerHTML, XHTML, HTML5
SensorsAccelerometer
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Accelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Other features- Colors: Dark Titanium
- Dual-position kickstand
- Optional Touch Cover with keyboard
- WiFi Direct
- Microsoft Office 2013 RT
- USB On-The-Go 1.3
- SkyDrive 200GB for 2 years
- Skype free international calls and WiFi for 1 year
- Colors: Carbon Black, Silver/white
- One UI core 1.1
- Dual speaker
- Kids Home
- WiFi direct, hotspot
Power supplyMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019, SM-T290)
BatteryLi-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacityfeature not registered5100 mAh
Charger, watts Standard charging7.75W (5V/1.55A) Standard charging
Talk time autonomy600 minutes | 10 hours | 0.4 dayfeature not registered
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Radiation rateMicrosoft Surface 2 RT (32GB)Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019, SM-T290)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registered0.33W/kg (body)
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