Would you buy a Microsoft Surface RT for $350?

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TMicrosoft Surface RThe Microsoft Surface RT is joining the ranks of the 349 dollar point. With a price of $499, the Surface RT had a hard time being sold as Apple’s iPad is its toughest hurdle. Does this suggest a rt refresh is in the making, and that they are preparing to relaunch a new surface RT for that $499 price point? or do they admit defeat and plans to battle in the $349 front? With the rt’s current 1366×768 pixel (720p) resolution display, there is lots of room for improvement. The Tegra 3 quad core processor is getting little stale as all arms processors have short useful life. At the 349 dollar point, consumers have an opportunity of purchasing either a iPad mini 16 gb, a nexus 7 32gb, a Samsung Galaxy tab 3 8 inch, and the Asus MeMo Pad 10.1 inch 16gb. Lets pull up the form-factor comparison chart shall we?

Tablet Dimensions Thickness Weight Screen Resolution Starting price
Samsung Galaxy tab 3 7.0 188 x 111.1 mm (7.40 x 4.37 in.) 9.9 mm (0.39 in.) 306g 1024 x 600 px (170 PPI) $199
Asus/Google Nexus 7 198.5 x 120 mm (7.81 x 4.72 in.) 10.5 mm (0.41 in.) 340g 1280 x 800 px (216 PPI) $239
Asus MeMo Pad HD7 196.8 x 120.6 mm (7.75 x 4.75 in.) 10.8 mm (0.43 in.) 302g 1280 x 800 px (216 PPI) N/A
Samsung Galaxy tab 3 8.0 209.8 x 123.8 mm (8.26 x 4.87 in.) 7.4 mm (0.29 in.) 314g 1280 x 800 px (189 PPI) $299
Apple iPad Mini 200 x 134.7 mm (7.87 x 5.3 in.) 7.2 mm (0.28 in.) 308g 1024 x 768 px (163 PPI) $329
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 210.8 x 135.9 mm (8.30 x 5.35 in.) 10.5 mm (0.41 in.) 338g 1280 x 800 px (189 PPI) $429
Microsoft Surface RT 275 x 172 mm (10.81 x 6.77 in.) 9 mm (0.37 in.) 680g 1366 x 768 px (148 PPI) $349
Asus MeMo Pad Smart 10.1 inch 263 x 181 mm (10.4 x 7.1 in.) 10 mm (0.4 in.) 580g 1280 x 800 px (149 PPI) $299
Samsung Galaxy tab 3 10.1 243.1 x 176.1 mm (8.26 x 4.87 in.) 8 mm (0.31 in.) 510g 1280 x 800 px (149 PPI) $399
Samsung/Google Nexus 10 263.9 x 177.6 mm (10.39 x 6.99 in.) 8.9 mm (0.35 in.) 603g 2560 x 1600 px (300 PPI) $409
Asus Transformer Pad infinity TF700 263 × 180.8 mm (10.3 x 7 in.) 8.5 mm (0.33 in.) 598g 1920 × 1200 px (224 ppi) $499
Asus Transformer Pad infinity N/A N/A N/A 2560 x 1600 px (299 ppi) N/A
Apple iPad 4th Generation 241.3 x 185.7 mm (9.50 x 7.31 in.) 9.4 mm (0.37 in.) 652g 2048 x 1536 px (264 ppi) $499

After looking at the chart, we realize how the Microsoft Surface RT cannot be compared with the 7, and 8 inch category, thus, we stuck it in the 10 inch category. The Microsoft Surface RT’s rival is the Asus MeMo Pad Smart 10.1 inch which is 100g lighter and 50 dollars cheaper. The Memo Pad Smart is thicker by 0.03 in or 1 mm and ships with Android 4.1. With this information in mind, would you purchase a Microsoft Surface RT for $349?

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