Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs Microsoft Surface 2 – Specs and Price Comparison

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If you’re looking to buy either the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 or the Microsoft Surface 2, you have come to the right place. We have here for you a comparison between the two devices for you to understand better which tablet is better in which categories.

Display and Design

Galaxy Note 10.1’s touch screen is a nice 10.1 inches Super LCD one. The screen can render a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. The device is quite light for its dimensions (243.1 x 171.4 x 7.9), weighing 540 g.

Surface 2’s touch screen is a slightly bigger 10.6 inches TFT screen, which will render an inferior resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Naturally, this tablet is bigger (dimensions: 274.6 x 172.5 x 8.9) and is also heavier (675.9 g).

Hardware and Operating System

Samsung equipped its tablet with two options regarding processor: first one is the Cortex A15 processor which is a quad core clocked at 1.9 GHz and the second one is a Cortex A7 processor which is also a quad core, but clocked at 1.3 GHz instead. Both versions will come with the Snapdragon 800 version of the Qualcomm chipset. Galaxy Note 10.1 supports 3GB of RAM and has 3 options of internal storage: either the 16GB, 32GB or the 64GB one (the memory is expandable up to 64GB using a microSD card). This device runs on the Android Jelly Bean OS.

But then, Microsoft also equipped its tablet with a nice powerful processor: the Cortex A15 one which is a quad core clocked at 1.7 GHz. The chipset that comes along is the Tegra 4 T40 Nvidia version. Surface 2 supports 2 GB of RAM and two options of internal storage: 32 GB and 64GB (expandable up to 64GB via microSD card). The tablet runs on Microsoft Windows 8.1 RT.


We cannot declare a winner in the camera category, because the winner can only be decided by you. If you are more of a rear camera enthusiast, you will find that the Samsung tablet comes with a nice 8MP camera (autofocus + LED flash). The Microsoft tablet features a 5MP camera (autofocus + LED flash).

But if you like to take advantage of the front camera, the Surface 2 may be more on your alley since it sports a 3.5MP secondary camera. The Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with a 2MP front camera.


Both devices have a non-removable battery unit, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 featuring a Li-Po 8220 mAh battery, while the Microsoft Surface 2 is equipped with a Li-Ion battery.


Based on offers, you will find the Galaxy Note 10.1 32GB tablet at an estimated price of $350.00, while the Microsoft Surface 2 will be found at $408.00.


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