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Microsoft Surface Pro vs iPad 4 – Top Specs and Price Comparison

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If you are looking to buy the Microsoft Surface Pro or the iPad 4 from Apple, here’s a comparison between the two devices to help you figure out which is the better choice and make a calculated decision.

Display and Design

The display featured on the Surface Pro is an IPS LCD measuring 10.6 inches that can render a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The dimensions of this device are 275 x 173 x 13 mm and it weighs 907 g.

The display featured on the iPad 4 is an IPS LCD LED-backlit measuring 9.7 inches. The resolution of this device is of 1536 x 2048 pixels. The tablet is wider than the first device (dimensions: 241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm) and is a lot lighter weighing 652 g.

Hardware and Operating System

The processor that powers the Microsoft Surface Pro is a dual core (Intel Core i5, 3rd Generation) working at 1.7 GHz. The tablet also features Intel HD Graphics 4000. It supports 4GB of RAM and it has two options of internal storage: 64GB and 128GB. The operating system for the Microsoft Surface Pro is Windows 8.

The processor that powers the iPad 4 is a dual core as well that is clocked at 1.4 GHz. The chipset that comes along is the Apple A6X. The tablet supports 1GB of RAM and multiple variants for internal memory: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB (there is no microSD card slot, hence the memory is not expandable). The iPad 4 runs on iOS 6 (upgradable to iOS 7).

Camera

If you’re looking for a tablet that has nice camera features as well, the iPad 4 is the device for you. It has a 5MP rear-facing camera (autofocus) and a 1.2MP front-facing camera.

The Microsoft Surface Pro has a 1MP rear-facing camera. The tablet also features a front-facing camera.

Battery

The device from Microsoft has a 42 Wh battery unit, while the device from Apple has a 42.5 Wh battery unit (Li-Po 11560 mAh).

Price

The Microsoft Surface Pro (128 GB) has the price of $598.00, while the iPad 4 from Apple (128 GB) costs $565.50.