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Microsoft's New Surface Tablet (Credit: Engadget)

It has now been announced that the new Microsoft Surface Tablet will feature two separate models upon its release. These two tablet models are the Surface for Windows RT and the Surface for Windows 8 Pro. What is the difference between the two you might ask? Check out the specifications of each below to see for yourself.

Surface for Windows RT tablet

  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra-based ARM chip
  • Weight: 676 grams
  • Thickness: 9.3 millimeters
  • Display: 10.6-inch ClearType HD capacitive touchpanel
  • Battery: 31.5Wh
  • I/O: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Software: Windows RT + Office Home & Student 2013 RT
  • Accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand
    Microsoft Surface Tablet

    Microsoft Surface Tablet (Credit: Engadget)

  • Capacity: 32GB / 64GB
  • Availability: “Around” the Windows 8 launch (fall 2012)
  • Pricing: To be determined

Surface for Windows 8 Pro tablet

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge)
  • Weight: 903 grams
  • Thickness: 13.5 millimeters
  • Display: 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD (1080p) capacitive touchpanel
  • Battery: 42Wh
  • I/O: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Software: Windows 8 Pro
  • Accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand, Pen with Palm Block
  • Capacity: 64GB / 128GB
  • Availability: “Three months after” the Windows 8 launch this fall
  • Pricing: To be determined

Key points to emphasize from the release of this information:

  • Windows RT model is both lighter and thinner than the Windows 8 Pro model
  • The Windows 8 Pro model will include a beefier battery to make up for 1080P screen & Core i5 processor
  • Office Home and Student 2013 is included with the presumably lower priced Windows RT model, but not with the Windows 8 Pro model
  • The screen on the Windows RT is HD, but not likely 1080P like the Windows 8 Pro model

(Source: Engadget.com)