Specs Comparison: Microsoft Surface Tablet vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000

Samsung has released a new tablet recently belonging to the Note family – the Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000. It features some amazing features and is comparable to some of the best tablets in the market. The Microsoft Surface is the first Microsoft designed tablet computer. Microsoft has astonished us beyond doubt but unveiling not just one but two tablets – the Microsoft Surface for Windows RT and Surface for Windows 8 Pro. It has some impressive features and is definitely a challenge to all the new and old tablets of the market. So, in today’s article we’ll figure out if the Note 10.1 will be seriously challenged by the Surface.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000


The Surface’s screen is 10.6 inches and fills most of the Surface’s front display. The front comprises of sleek black glass bonded to the magnesium alloy chassis. It weighs around 675 g. The Surface comes in two varieties – touch cover and type cover keyboard. Touch cover is the ultra-thin, flat touch keyboard where the keys have a slightly scratchy surface and is meant for those that value portability. The type cover on the other hand is slightly thicker with physical buttons. The Note, on the other hand, sports a conventional design as opposed to the Surface. The Note measures 262 mm in length, 180 mm in breadth and 8.9 mm in thickness. The device weighs 600 g. The Surface’s screen is a capacitive display with a resolution of 1280 * 720 pixels. The 16:9 display of the Surface is clear and crisp and has impressive viewing angles. The Note’s 10.1 inch PLS TFT touchscreen has a resolution of 1280 * 800 pixels.

Operating System:

The Surface is a Windows designed tablet and has two models – Surface RT and Surface Pro. The Windows RT feels like Windows 8 mostly and works pretty well on a touchscreen. The Surface Pro on the other hand is pretty fast and is capable of running demanding programs like Adobe Lightroom. The Note 10.1 has an Android platform and the version is Ice Cream Sandwich (v4.0.3). The Note has a quad core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz. On the other hand the Surface for Windows RT has a NVIDIA chip while the Surface for Windows Pro runs on Ultrabook- grade Ivy Bridge processors.


The Surface has 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage.  MicroSD and micro SDHC slots are available for storage expansion. The Note on the other hand is available in 3 models based on internal storage – 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB each available with 2 GB RAM. The Note has a micro SD slot that can house up to 64 GB of extra memory.


The Surface possesses a camera with auto focus. It can also function as a camcorder. The Note 10.1 sports a 5 MP camera with features as LED flash, geo tagging, auto focus, etc. Video is recorded at a quality of 720p and frame rate of 30 fps. The Note also features a 1.9 MP secondary camera.


The tablet is Wi-Fi enabled. As for local area connectivity, it has USB 2.0 and OTA sync features. The Note 10.1 has 2G and 3G connectivity via GSM and HSDPA. It has wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n, Wi-Fi direct, dual band, Wi-Fi hotspot, etc. Bluetooth and micro USB v2.0 comprise the local area connection.

Battery Life:

The tablet comes with a 31.5 Wh battery. The Note 10.1 has a 7000 mAh Li-Ion battery.


The Galaxy Note 10.1’s 16 GB and 32 GB variants are priced at $ 499 and $ 549 respectively. The Surface’s price is not known.

Wrap Up:

The Microsoft Surface is innovative and more polished than Android tablets. Its design is different than all other tablets that have come up so far. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 falls into the category of the conventionally designed tablets. Despite this the Note 10.1 has some cool features and is a good choice. However, if you have a taste for creativity and uniqueness then the Surface is the tablet for you.

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