Surface RT specs revealed: Comparison with ThinkPad Tablet

Summary:As availability for the Surface RT tablet gets closer, Microsoft is releasing more information about the product. Pictures of the Surface RT look a lot like last year's ThinkPad Tablet running Android, and comparing the specs shows why.

Surface RT tablet

The Microsoft Surface RT has quite a few folks excited, this writer included, and today the company opened preorders for the new tablet. The pricing will range from $499 - $699 depending on hardware configuration.

The more close-up photos I see of the Surface RT the more is strikes me how much it looks like the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet I reviewed late last year. The black casing is very similar on both tablets, and even the dimensions are similar. This comparison of the hardware specifications of the Surface RT and the ThinkPad Tablet show just how similar they are.

ThinkPad Tablet vs Surface RT

The size of the two tablets is very similar indeed, with the Surface RT longer, narrower, and thinner than the ThinkPad Tablet. It's also slightly lighter than the ThinkPad. The Surface RT has the latest Nvidia processor compared to the Tegra 2 on the older ThinkPad, which makes since given the release dates of the two slates.

ThinkPad Tablet
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet

While the Surface RT has a larger display with higher resolution, they have the same expansion ports.

The big draw of the Surface RT is Windows RT, and I can't wait to get my hands on one to play with. There's not much longer to wait with sales beginning October 26. Preorders are open now on the Microsoft web site.

See also:

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Topics: Tablets, Lenovo, Microsoft, Mobility, Windows


James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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