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Microsoft Surface RT (32GB) vs Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)

Side by side comparison between Microsoft Surface RT vs Apple iPad mini 3 tablets, differences, pros, cons and full specifications. What's the better?

Compare Apple iPad mini 3 XMicrosoft Surface RT (32GB)04Points
Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)







(Non removable)

18PointsApple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)Compare Microsoft Surface RT X
Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)







(Non removable)

What's the better tablet? Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)

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Surface RT (32GB)4 Advantages Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)vsiPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)18 Advantages Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
+2GB LPDDR2100%
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
+Until 64GB microSD, microSDXCAdvantage
More external storage for files using memory cards
vsNot supported
Larger screen
+Vibrating alertAdvantage
The vibration of the device aids in the use of several features
vsNot supported
1.3GHz 32bit Penta-core (40nm)vs+1.3GHz 64bit Dual-core59%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
32GB (15GB available)vs+128GB (120GB available)7 times
More internal storage for applications and files
680 grams (23.8 ounces)vs+341 grams (11.94 ounces)99%
9.4 millimeters (0.37 inches)vs+7.5 millimeters (0.3 inches)25%
TFT LCDvs+TFT LED-Backlit IPS LCDAdvantage
TFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD display is brighter and more vivid
768x1366 pixelsvs+1536x2048 pixels200%
Higher resolution screen
148 PPIvs+324 PPI119%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
(back) 1MPvs+(back) 5MP4 times
Higher resolution main camera
Not supportedvs+BSI sensorAdvantage
The BSI sensor allows the entry of more light generating photos with more detail and brightness
Not supportedvs+HDR photo only main cameraAdvantage
The HDR technology produced photos with more detail in dark areas
(front) 1MPvs+(front) 1.2MP33%
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
HD (1280x720)vs+Full HD (1920x1080)125%
More image quality for recording videos with the primary camera
190000 apps (Windows Store)vs+2300000 apps (App Store)11 times
More apps available to download and use
Not supportedvs+4G LTEAdvantage
The 4G LTE network is newer and faster
(Not supported) vs+(4G LTE) 100 MbpsAdvantage
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
Not supportedvs+Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
4120 mAhvs+6350 mAh54%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
Not supportedvs+A-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASSAdvantage
It's harder to lose yourself in the city with GPS on your device

21 Common items in both devices
16 million
Only digital zoom
EIS: Digital stabilization
(front) HD (1280x720)
+14 specs and more in the table below

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📱 Model features

Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
ModelSurface RT (32GB)iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
Other model namesTablet Microsoft Surface RT 1iPad Mini 3 A1601 (4G LTE)
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
Release date10/26/201210/16/2014
Depth9.4 millimeters (0.37 inches)7.5 millimeters (0.3 inches)
Size (width x height)172 x 274.6 millimeters (6.77 x 10.81 in)134.7 x 200 millimeters (5.3 x 7.87 in)
Weight680 grams (23.8 ounces)341 grams (11.94 ounces)
Build, materialsfeature not registeredAluminum body, glass front
Protection against water and othersNot supportedNot supported

🤖 Operating System

Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
System versionWindows RT 8.0iOS 8.0
Firmware updateWindows RT 8.1iOS 12
User Interfacefeature not registeredfeature not registered

⚙️ Processor

Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
Chipset32bit: NVIDIA Tegra 3 (T30L) (40nm)64bit: Apple A7 APL5698 (28nm)
CPUPenta-core, 2 processors:
4x 1.3GHz ARM Cortex-A9 (Quad-core)
1x 500MHz ARM Cortex-A9 (Single-core)
Dual-core, 1 processor:
2x 1.3GHz Cyclone (Dual-core)
GPU graphical controllerNVIDIA GeForce ULP MP12 (416MHz)PowerVR G6430 MP4
Performance (benchmark)Browsermark: 73180 (v1)feature not registered

💽 Memory and storage

Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
Internal storage32GB (15GB available)
128GB (120GB available)
External storageUntil 64GB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)
Not supported

📲 Display

Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
Display typeTFT LCDTFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD
Screen size10.6" inches7.9" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~65.6% (screen-to-body ratio)~71.7% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution768x1366 pixels1536x2048 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 5-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)148 PPI324 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassNot supportedNot supported
Refresh rate60Hzfeature not registered
Display featuresNot supportedfeature not registered

📶 Mobile networks

Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM cardNot supported1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum Download / Uploadfeature not registered100/50 Mbps
Network technologyfeature not registered2G, 3G, 4G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM MHz bandNot supportedQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkNot supportedGSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkNot supportedUMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkNot supportedLTE 800/850/900/1800/1900/2100/2600
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkNot supportedGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported

📷 Camera

Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
Back camera (main camera)1 megapixels5 megapixels
Main camera resolution1280x720 pixels2592x1944 pixels
Video recording (primary)HD (1280x720) 30 fpsFull HD (1920x1080) 30 fps
FlashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturefeature not registeredf/2.4 (aperture)
Focal lengthfeature not registered32mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Touch focusNot supportedSupported
Image stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilization
ZoomOnly digital zoomOnly digital zoom
Face/smile detectionNot supportedFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorNot supportedSupported
HDRNot supportedHDR photo only main camera
Camera extrasfeature not registeredfeature not registered

📸 Front camera

Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
Front camera (secondary)1 megapixels1.2 megapixels
Front camera resolution1280x720 pixels1280x960 pixels
Video recording (secondary)HD (1280x720)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

🔉 Sound and multimedia

Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
Active noise cancellation2 microphones or more2 microphones or more
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, DivX, XviD, H.264, H.263, WMVMP4, H.264, H.263, MOV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, AC3, FLACMP3, WAV, eAAC, M4A

🔌 Connectivity

Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
USBUSB 2.0USB 2.0 proprietary connector
Audio output3.5mm jack3.5mm jack
TV outputMicro HDMI Type DProprietary TV-out
Bluetooth4.0 + A2DP4.0 + A2DP
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz, 5GHz)802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz, 5GHz)
DLNANot supportedNot supported
GPSNot supportedA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS
NFCNot supportedNot supported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
Ambient Light sensor
Ambient Light sensor
Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)
Vibrating alertSupportedNot supported

🔋 Battery

Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
Battery typeLiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity4120 mAh6350 mAh
Charger, watts Wired charging Wired charging
Wireless chargingNot supportedfeature not registered
Talk time autonomy8 hours10 hours
Standby360 hours (15 days)feature not registered

➕ Other features

Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
Call controlNot supportedVoice recorder
MessagingE-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
Hands-free callingSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
Ringtonesfeature not registeredPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5, Flash playerHTML, XHTML, HTML5
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Qwerty physical keyboardDock with QWERTY keyboardNot supported
Miscellaneous• Colors: Dark Titanium
• Optional Touch Cover with keyboard
• WiFi Direct
• Microsoft Office 2013 RT
• Colors: Black on gray, White on silver, Gold
• Apple SIM only USA and UK
• Oleophobic coating on Retina display
• Fingerprint sensor (Touch ID)
• Aluminium body
• FaceTime
• Siri natural language
• iCloud cloud service
• Twitter and Facebook
• Lightning connector port
• OpenGL ES 3.0

☢️ Radiation rate

Microsoft Surface RT (32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered

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