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Microsoft Surface vs. Apple iPad (Retina): Spec showdown

apple ipad 3 retina microsoft surface tablet pcOn Monday, Microsoft officially unveiled its first Windows 8 tablets, the ARM-based Surface Windows RT, and the Intel Ivy Bridge-based Surface Windows 8 Pro. The obvious question, of course, is: How do these new tablets stack up against Apple’s flashy new iPad? Unfortunately, many of the important hardware specs (and prices) are not yet known — no price, no battery life, no real screen resolution figures, no solid release. But we’ve decided to put these three touchscreen gizmos head-to-head-to-head in a spec showdown, anyway, for a quick comparison. Below, the numbers we know so far.

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Microsoft Surface Windows RT Surface Windows 8 Pro vs. Apple iPad Retina

Check out our review of the Microsoft Surface with Windows RT tablet.