As we reported earlier today, Microsoft Store has started accepting pre-orders for Surface RT tablet. Surface RT is initially available in three SKUs: a 32GB without Touch Cover (US$499), 32GB with Touch Cover (US$599), and 64GB with Touch Cover (US$699).
The main difference between Surface RT and Surface Pro is the version of Windows 8. While the Surface RT is powered by Windows 8 RT edition, Surface Pro comes with Windows 8 Pro edition which supports both legacy desktop software and metro-style (Modern UI) apps. The only downside of the Windows 8 RT edition is that you can’t install and run legacy desktop applications. However, you can download apps specially designed for Windows 8 from the Windows Store.
Microsoft Surface Pro will be available in the first quarter of 2013 and will include better specs. Surface Pro tablet is more powerful than the RT in many departments. Surface Pro includes 3rd generation Intel Core 5 processor with 4GB of RAM whereas the Surface RT comes with NVIDIA T30 processor with 2GB of RAM.
The main advantage of Surface RT tablet is that you get Microsoft Office Home and Student RT Preview (includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote programs). Surface Pro users need to purchase Office license separately.
Another major difference is the screen resolution. While the Surface RT comes with 1366 x 768 ClearType HD display the Surface Pro includes 1920 x 1080 Full HD display.
Check out the below chart to see key differences between Surface RT & Surface Pro.
Surface RT is perfect for users who are looking for just a tablet. Wait for Surface Pro or get any other Intel powered tablets if you need a replacement for your notebook or netbook.