Specs Comparison: Google Nexus 7 vs Microsoft Surface Tablet

The Microsoft Surface is the first Microsoft designed tablet computer. The specs of the new Windows RT tablet are pretty impressive. The tablet is thin, light and comfortable to hold and runs the Windows RT. Its design is unique and in no way similar to any competitor idea. Microsoft has in fact unveiled two tablets – the Surface for Windows RT and the Surface for Windows 8 Pro. There is another tablet in town – the Google Nexus 7 which has been designed by Asus. Which of the tablets will fare better? In today’s article, we are comparing the two tablets.

Ergonomics & Design:

The Nexus 7 measures 198.5 mm in length, 120 mm in breadth and 10.45 mm in thickness. It weighs 340 g. As for the Surface, the RT is 9.3 mm thick while the Pro measures 13.5 mm in thickness. The RT weighs 676 g while the Pro measures 903 g. The Nexus 7 is a rather small device and its design is awesome. Google has indeed taken a wise choice by partnering with Asus which has made the Nexus 7 a pretty and stylish tablet. As for the Surface, there are few unique things such as the Touch Cover which also includes a keyboard. The Nexus 7 has a 7 inch, 1280 * 800 pixels IPS display. Microsoft hasn’t revealed much detail about the screen types. The RT seems to feature a 10.6 inch clear HD screen while the Pro sports an identically sized clear type full HD display.

Operating System:

The Nexus 7 works on Android operating system. In fact, the Nexus 7 is the first device to be released with Jelly bean (v4.1). The Surface runs on Windows 8. The Surface for Windows RT has a NVIDIA chip while the Surface for Windows Pro runs on Ultrabook- grade Ivy Bridge processors. The Surface RT is an ARM tablet and runs Microsoft’s first version of Windows for RT and is therefore, the first tablet-friendly operating system. The Nexus 7 runs on a quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor.


The Nexus 7 is available in 8 GB and 16 GB of internal memory versions each available with 1 GB RAM. The Surface RT will be available in 32 GB and 64 GB versions while the Surface Pro is available in 64 GB and 128 GB.


The Nexus 7 has a 1.2 MP front facing camera. The Surface has two cameras – the front LifeCam for chatting and the rear LifeCam is angled at 22 degrees so that users can flip out the Kickstand and record meetings and events hand free.


The Nexus 7 and the Surface are Wi-Fi enabled. The Nexus 7 has local area connection via Bluetooth, micro USB, NFC, etc. The Surface RT has Wi-Fi connection while the Surface Pro has Wi-Fi as well as 3G and 4G LTE networks.

Battery Life:

The Nexus 7 is backed by a 4325 mAh battery that boasts of up to 8 hours of active use/ 8 hours of HD video playback/ 10 hours of web browsing/ 10 hours of e-reading. The Surface RT features a 31.5 Wh battery while the Surface Pro has a 42 Wh. There is no data as to how long these batteries will last.


The Google Nexus 7 starts at $ 199 and the device will be available by July. The Surface Pro is to be at least to be priced above $ 799 while the RT model is to be priced above $ 599.

Wrap Up:

Google seems to have not included some specs that we’d like the Nexus 7 to have for example a rear facing camera. However, at the price it is going to be available, the Nexus 7 is a premium model and will sell by truckload. As for Microsoft, it is aiming at a different audience. The Surface RT is too big and expensive to be put against tablets like the Nexus 7. The Surface Pro on the other hand is an alternative to an ultrabook for people who want laptop or tablet hybrids. The Nexus 7 isn’t going to be a threat to the Surface Pro either as it has an entirely different target audience.

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