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Microsoft Surface RT (64GB) vs Apple iPad 4 (WiFi 16GB)

Side by side comparison between Microsoft Surface RT vs Apple iPad 4 tablets, differences, pros, cons and full specifications. What's the better?

Compare Apple iPad 4 XMicrosoft Surface RT (64GB)07Points
Microsoft Surface RT (64GB)





32bit Penta


(Non removable)

Apple iPad 4 (WiFi 16GB)





32bit Dual


(Non removable)

What's the better tablet? Apple iPad 4 (WiFi 16GB)

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Surface RT (64GB)7 Advantages Microsoft Surface RT (64GB)vsiPad 4 (WiFi 16GB)14 Advantages Apple iPad 4 (WiFi 16GB)
+2GB LPDDR2100%
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
+64GB (45GB available)3 times
More internal storage for applications and files
vs16GB (11GB available)
Fastest write and read storage.
vseMMC 4.5
+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
+Active noise cancellationAdvantage
Noise-canceling microphone allows better call quality
vsNot supported
1.3GHz 32bit Penta-Corevs+1.4GHz 32bit Dual-Core37%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
680 grams (23.8 ounces)vs+652 grams (22.82 ounces)4%
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+264 PPI78%
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
4120 mAhvs+11560 mAh181%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
Not supportedvs+DLNAAdvantage
With DLNA technology you can access and play media files on TV, tablet or DLNA compatible device.
Not supportedvs+Scratch-resistant glassAdvantage
Protection against scratches on the screen lets you carry your phone with your keys

22 Common items in both devices
9.4 millimeters (0.37 inches)
16 million
Only digital zoom
EIS: Digital stabilization
(front) HD (1280x720)
+15 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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📱 Model features

Microsoft Surface RT (64GB)Apple iPad 4 (WiFi 16GB)
ModelSurface RT (64GB)iPad 4 (WiFi 16GB)
Other model namesTablet Microsoft Surface RT 1iPad 4 A1458 (WiFi)
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
Release date10/26/201211/2/2012, Announced: 10/1/2012
Depth9.4 millimeters (0.37 inches)9.4 millimeters (0.37 inches)
Size (width x height)172 x 274.6 millimeters (6.77 x 10.81 in)185.7 x 241.2 millimeters (7.31 x 9.5 in)
Weight680 grams (23.8 ounces)652 grams (22.82 ounces)
Build, materialsfeature not registeredAluminum body, glass front
Protection against water and othersNot supportedNot supported

🤖 Operating System

Microsoft Surface RT (64GB)Apple iPad 4 (WiFi 16GB)
System versionWindows RT 8.0iOS 6.0
Firmware updateWindows RT 8.1iOS 10
User Interfacefeature not registeredfeature not registered

⚙️ Processor

Microsoft Surface RT (64GB)Apple iPad 4 (WiFi 16GB)
Chipset32bit - NVIDIA Tegra 3 (T30L) (40nm)32bit - Apple A6X (32nm)
CPUPenta-Core, 2 processors:
1.3GHz Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A9
500MHz Single-Core ARM Cortex-A9
Dual-Core, 1 processor:
1.4GHz Dual-Core Swift
GPU graphical controllerNVIDIA GeForce ULP MP12 (416MHz)PowerVR SGX543 (4-core, 300MHz)
Performance (benchmark)Browsermark: 73180 (v1)feature not registered

💽 Memory and storage

Microsoft Surface RT (64GB)Apple iPad 4 (WiFi 16GB)
Internal storage64GB (45GB available)
16GB (11GB available)
eMMC 4.5
External storageUntil 64GB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)
Not supported

📲 Display

Microsoft Surface RT (64GB)Apple iPad 4 (WiFi 16GB)
Display typeTFT LCDTFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD
Screen size10.6" inches9.7" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~65.6% (screen-to-body ratio)~65.1% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution768x1366 pixels1536x2048 pixels (4:3)
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 5-pointsCapacitive Multitouch
Pixel density (dot pitch)148 PPI264 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassNot supportedScratch-resistant glass
Display features60Hz60Hz

📶 Mobile networks

Microsoft Surface RT (64GB)Apple iPad 4 (WiFi 16GB)
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

📷 Camera

Microsoft Surface RT (64GB)Apple iPad 4 (WiFi 16GB)
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 registeredfeature not registered
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 (64GB)Apple iPad 4 (WiFi 16GB)
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 (64GB)Apple iPad 4 (WiFi 16GB)
Active noise cancellation2 microphones or moreNot supported
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, DivX, XviD, H.264, H.263, WMVMP4, H.264, MOV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, AC3, FLACMP3, WAV, eAAC+

🔌 Connectivity

Microsoft Surface RT (64GB)Apple iPad 4 (WiFi 16GB)
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 supportedSupported
GPSNot supportedNot supported
NFCNot supportedNot supported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

Microsoft Surface RT (64GB)Apple iPad 4 (WiFi 16GB)
Ambient Light sensor
Ambient Light sensor
Vibrating alertSupportedNot supported

🔋 Battery

Microsoft Surface RT (64GB)Apple iPad 4 (WiFi 16GB)
Battery typeLiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity4120 mAh11560 mAh
Charger, watts Standard charging Standard charging
Talk time autonomy8 hours10 hours
Standby360 hours (15 days)720 hours (30 days)

➕ Other features

Microsoft Surface RT (64GB)Apple iPad 4 (WiFi 16GB)
Call controlNot supportedNot supported
MessagingE-mail, Push mailE-mail, Push mail
Hands-free callingSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
Ringtonesfeature not registeredfeature not registered
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, White
- Retina display
- Oleophobic coating
- iCloud service
- FaceTime HD

☢️ Radiation rate

Microsoft Surface RT (64GB)Apple iPad 4 (WiFi 16GB)
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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