By the numbers: Microsoft's Surface vs. Apple's iPad

While there is much more to both Microsoft’s new Surface tablet computer and Apple’s iPad than pure specifications, the physical and technological differences between the two devices are likely to play a part in which device tablet PC buyers might ultimately favor.

Here’s a look at how the market-leading iPad shapes up against the new Microsoft Surface. Figures are taken from each company. Microsoft cautions the physical dimensions of the Surface could change slightly from those announced Monday.

Surface Vs. iPad

Weight Thickness Display Battery Interfaces Storage
Microsoft Surface, Windows RT Edition 676 grams 9.3 mm 10.6-inch Clear Type HD display 31.5-watt hour microSD, USB 2, Micro HD Video, 2x2 MIMO antenna Configurable for 32GB, 64GB
Microsoft Surface, Windows 8 Pro Edition 903 grams 13.5mm 10.6-inch Clear Type HD display 42-watt hour microSDXC, USB 3, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae Configurable for 64GB, 128GB
Apple iPad with Wi-Fi (third-generation) 652 grams 9.4 mm 9.7-inch Retina display with 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution 42.5-watt hour for up to 10 hours (Web, video, music) 30-pin dock Apple connector port Configurable for 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
Apple iPad with cellular connectivity (third-generation) 662 grams 9.4 mm 9.7-inch Retina display with 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution 42.5-watt hour for up to 10 hours (Web, video, music) 30-pin dock Apple connector port Configurable for 16GB, 32GB, 64GB

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