Best Windows 8 Tablet Comparison Chart 2012 / 2013 – Windows Tablets

Best Windows 8 Tablet Comparison Chart (Continuously Updated)

To help you decide on which Windows 8 Tablet to buy, see the Windows 8 Tablet comparison chart below.  This chart was put together from a variety of sources such as Engadget, The Verge, PC Mag, CNET, lilputing, and from the manufacturers’ own websites.  This tablet comparison chart will be continuously updated.  If you would like to submit an addition or a correction, please use the comments section below.  Please excuse the formatting.  It was a challenge to display so much information on one page. :-)

[ Also Read: Microsoft Surface Pro Review ]


Microsoft Surface Tablets Windows 8 Tablets Windows RT Tablets
Windows Tablets Windows Tablets
Microsoft Surface Pro Microsoft Surface RT Acer Iconia W510 Acer Iconia W700 ASUS Vivo Tab ASUS Taichi Dell Latitude 10 HP Envy X2 Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 LG H160 Samsung ATIV Smart PC Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro Vizio Windows 8 Tablet ASUS Vivo RT Samsung ATIV Tab
Product Detail Microsoft Surface Pro Microsoft Surface RT Acer Iconia W510 Acer Iconia W700 ASUS Vivo Tab ASUS Taichi Dell Latitude 10 HP Envy X2 Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 LG H160 Samsung ATIV Smart PC Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro Vizio Windows 8 Tablet ASUS Vivo RT Samsung ATIV Tab Product Detail
Model Number H160 MT11X-A1 Vivo Tab RT TF600T-B1-GR Model Number
Extras Touch Cover, Type Cover Touch Cover, Type Cover Optional Keyboard Dock Included Keyboard Dock Optional Keyboard Dock $199 Dual Screen Optional Dock Keyboard Dock Optional Keyboard Dock $150 Stylus Sliding Keyboard Optional Dock Optional Dock Optional Keyboard Dock $199 Extras
Video Video
Windows Tablet Price, Release Date, Shipping Information Windows Tablet Price, Release Date, Shipping Information
Windows Tablet Price (Retail) $499-$699 499.99+ $799+ $649+ $849.99 $599 $629+ $649-$749 $1,119+ $599 Windows Tablet Price (Retail)
Release Date Jan-13 10/26/2012 10/26/2012 10/26/2012 10/26/2012 10/26/2012 10/26/2012 10/26/2012 10/26/2012 Release Date
Where to Buy <Click for Price> Where to Buy
Software Software
Operating System Windows 8 Windows RT Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows RT Windows RT Operating System
32/64 bit 64 bit 32 bit 64 bit 32/64 bit
Microsoft Office Included No Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview Microsoft Office Included
Processor, Memory, and Storage Processor, Memory, and Storage
Processor Intel Core i5 NVIDIA Tegra 3 Intel Atom Z2760 1.80 GHz Intel Core i3 1.80 GHz, Intel Core i5 1.70 GHz Intel Atom Z2760 1.80 GHz Core i5/i7 Intel Atom Intel Atom Intel Atom Clover Trail Intel Atom Intel Atom Intel Atom Intel Core i5 AMD z60 dual-core 1GHz Mobile Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.3 GHz 1.5 GHz Dual-Core Processor
Memory 4GB 2GB 2GB 4GB 2GB 4GB 2GB 2GB 2GB 2GB 2GB 2GB 4GB 2GB 2GB 2GB Memory
Solid State Drive (SSD) 64GB/128GB 32GB/64GB 32GB/64GB 64GB/128GB 64GB 128GB 64GB -128GB 64GB 32GB/64GB 16GB/32GB 64GB 64GB 128GB 64GB 32GB/64GB 32GB/64GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
SATA Storage SATA Storage
Optical Drive Optical Drive
Display and Graphics Display and Graphics
Screen Size 10.6″ 10.6″ 10.1″ 11.6″ HD 11.6″ 11.6″, 13.3″ 10.1″ 11.6″ 11.6″ 10.1″ 11.6″ 11.6″ 11.6″ 11.6″ 10.1″ 10.1″ Screen Size
Screen Resolution 1920×1080 1366×768 1366×768 1920×1080 1366×768 1920×1080 1366×768 1366×768 1366×768 1366×768 1366×768 1366×768 1920×1080 1920×1080 1366×768 1366×768 Screen Resolution
Multi-Touch 10 Point 5 point Yes Multi-Touch
Aspect Ratio 16:09 16:09 16:09 16:09 Aspect Ratio
IPS IPS Super IPS IPS
Full HD Screen Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Full HD Screen
Chipset Intel 4000 Intel 4000 Intel 4000 Intel 4000 Chipset
Memory Details 128 MB Shared Memory Details
Network and Communication Network and Communication
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth
3G/4G Broadband 3G Optional AT&T (HSPA+) optional 3G/4G optional 3G/4G optional 3G/4G optional 3G/4G Broadband
NFC NFC NFC NFC
Cameras Cameras
Front Facing Camera MP Unknown 720p 2MP 1.3MP 2MP MP Unknown 720p 720p 2MP 2MP 2MP 2MP 2MP 2MP 2MP Front Facing Camera
Rear Facing Camera MP Unknown 720p 8MP 5MP 8MP MP Unknown 8MP 8MP 8MP 8MP 8MP 8MP 5MP Rear Facing Camera
Audio Audio
Stereo Speakers Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Stereo Speakers
Microphones Yes Yes, 2 Yes Yes Microphones
Headphone Jack Yes Yes Yes, Combo Yes, Combo Headphone Jack
Microphone Jack Yes, Combo Yes, Combo Microphone Jack
Ports Ports
HDMI Micro HDMI Micro HDMI Micro HDMI HDMI Micro HDMI Micro HDMI Micro HDMI Micro HDMI Micro HDMI Micro HDMI Micro HDMI Micro HDMI Micro HDMI HDMI
Display Port Mini Display Port HD video out port Display Port
VGA VGA
USB 2.0 Ports 1 1 1 USB 2.0 Ports
USB 3.0 Ports 1 1 USB 3.0 Ports
Micro USB Ports 1 1 Micro USB Ports
Micro SD Slot Micro SD Micro SD Micro SD No Micro SD Micro SD Micro SD Micro SD Micro SD Micro SD Micro SD Micro SD Micro SD Slot
SD Slot SD Slot
Battery Information Battery Information
Expected Battery Life 5 hrs. 8 hrs. 9 hrs. 10.5 hrs. 8 hrs. 10 hrs. 10 hrs. 13.5 hrs. 9 hrs. 9 hrs. Expected Battery Life
Battery Details 42 W-h 31.5 W-h 54 W-h 30 W-h 30 W-h, 60 W-h 25 W-h 8,200 mAh Battery Details
Peripherals and Accessories Peripherals and Accessories
Keyboard Dock Optional Optional Optional No Optional Keyboard Dock
Battery in Keyboard Dock Yes Battery in Keyboard Dock
Docking Station Yes Docking Station
Stylus/Digitizer Pen Included Stylus/Digitizer Pen
Mouse Mouse
Separate Keyboard Yes Separate Keyboard
Dimensions and Weight Dimensions and Weight
Weight 2.0 lbs. 1.5 lbs. 1.54 lbs. 2.3 lbs. 1.8 lbs. 1.16 lbs. Weight
Height / Thickness 0.53″ 0.37″ .03″ 0.5″ 0.34″ 0.33″ Height / Thickness
Length 10.81″ 10.81″ 10.2″ 11.6″ 11.58″ 10.33″ Length
Width 6.81″ 6.77″ 6.6″ 7.5″ 7.43″ 6.73″ Width
Form Factor Slate Slate Slate Slate Slate Hybrid Slate Slate Slate Slate Slider Slate Slate Slate Slate Slate Form Factor
Windows Tablets Windows Tablets
Microsoft Surface Pro Microsoft Surface RT Acer Iconia W510 Acer Iconia W700 ASUS Vivo Tab ASUS Taichi Dell Latitude 10 HP Envy X2 Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 LG H160 Samsung ATIV Smart PC Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro Vizio Windows 8 Tablet ASUS Vivo RT Samsung ATIV Tab
Product Detail Microsoft Surface Pro Microsoft Surface RT Acer Iconia W510 Acer Iconia W700 ASUS Vivo Tab ASUS Taichi Dell Latitude 10 HP Envy X2 Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 LG H160 Samsung ATIV Smart PC Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro Vizio Windows 8 Tablet ASUS Vivo RT Samsung ATIV Tab Product Detail
Windows Tablet Price (Retail) $499-$699 499.99+ $799+ $649+ $849.99 $599 $629+ $649-$749 $1,119+ $599 Windows Tablet Price (Retail)
Where to Buy <Click for Price> Where to Buy
Disclaimer: While we make every attempt to ensure that the data above is accurate, please verify technical specifications with the respective manufacturers before making a purchase.  If you find an error, please let us know!


Best Price for Windows 8 Tablets

If you are totally interested in the lowest price, consider the Acer Iconia W510.  It has the best price we’ve seen so far at $500.  Another inexpensive option is the Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx.  It will retail for $599.  Both devices comes with an Intel Atom processor, Windows 8 OS, 2GB of Ram, and 32GB of storage.  For $100 more, the Lenovo has a bigger screen (11.6″ vs 10.1″).

[ Also See: Asus Taichi 21 Review ]

Windows 8 Tablets with Special Features

In the special features department, look no further than Microsoft’s own Microsoft Surface.  The Microsoft Surface tablets come with the innovative accessory called Touch Cover.  It doubles as a protective cover for the device and as a keyboard with touch pad.  This clever accessory will ensure that the MS Surface serves as a productivity device as well as a content consumption device.

Windows RT: The Other OS

If you are interested in the newest addition to the Windows Operation System line up, consider one of the Windows RT based tablets.  Windows RT tablets should be cheaper and longer lasting than the Windows 8 tablets.  These devices should be able to run apps comparable to what’s available on an iPad.  Not that since these devices do not run the full version of Windows 8, some of your favorite apps may not be available on RT devices.

Available Windows RT tablets include the Microsoft Surface RT, the Asus Vivo RT, and the Samsung ATIV Tab.  If priced correctly, these devices should compete well with the iPad and the best Android Tablets.  However, with Windows 8 based tablets starting at $500, I have to wonder if consumers will just spend a little more money and get a tablet that can run all of the apps they currently use.

Windows 8 Tablets for Power Users

For power users, consider the top of the like Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro.  It will feature an Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB of SSD storage, an 11.6″ screen with 1920×1080 resolution, USB 3.0, and a ton more features.  If you really want an high end tablet PC, check out the Asus Taichi.  It features dual displays and an Intel Core i7 processor.  This tablet may be more powerful that your current desktop!  I’m a bit skeptical about possible uses for the dual displays. I look forward to learning how people will use them.

Which Windows Tablet Will I Get?

I’m still undecided.  I am very interested in the Microsoft Surface.  I really like the Touch Cover accessory.  With everything else being equal, that nifty little accessory might be the deal maker.  Always having a light weight keyboard with my tablet is a big plus.

I am also interested in the Acer Iconia W700.  The included dock and Bluetooth keyboard means that I can use the device as a workstation when I’m at home.  The w700 also seems to combine good specs, good features, all at a good price.

Which Windows Tablet will you Choose?

Do you know which Windows tablet you will buy?  Are you still undecided?  Have you made your selection?  Use the comments section below to share your thoughts.


Quentin Moore is owner of DIY iPhone Help. Check out his Google Plus Page.

29 Comments


  1.  
    Ruchita

    I have some software that only works with Windows, mainly require tablet for work, music and some apps. Prefer rough and tough stuff. Acer, Asus, Samsung or Microsoft? Shall I wait for new releases? Also require 3 G or the dongle ( USB) for an internet SIM card. Will Office 2013 be installed in Asus, Acer




  2.  
    Walter

    Very Helpful Info packed into 1 page! :] thanks! if it’s ok, can u pls add the Asus Vivotab Smart variant? :] More Power!




  3.  
    MRH Ho

    Which tablet with win8 pro includes built-in GPS ?




  4.  
    Alex Hammond

    We have a Demo HP ElitePad which does not appear on your list. It is a business grade tablet which, combined with the dock for it, would be a workstation replacement option for general users. The only downside is the 1280x resolution which was apparently deliberately chosen for legacy business apps that may not like the higher standard screen res. If they bump up the screen res, it will be a winner. The dock supports 4 usb ports for standard keyboard and mouse users plus video ports for twin screen operations. Unfortunately the HP Envy does not fit this dock.




  5.  
    Innovator1

    I’m tryng to figure out which way to gowith a Win8 tablet/hybrid.  I want Win8Pro, not RT, so that narrows the field a bit.  I love the surface Pro but am concerned about the usefulness of the 10″ screen to do spreadsheets and te like.  I’m trying hard to find ONE of these units that will give me the most “laptop-like” experience but still give me the flexibility of a tablet when I want one.  I’ve been looking for a list like yours for a while now, thanks for continually updating it!




  6.  
    Jaikee Jaiswal

    Cool, you have done a lot of work to get all the Windows 8 Tablet information at one place. Thanks for it. 




  7.  

    window 8 is very amazing tablet for android based tablet




  8.  
    Sean

    Thanks very much for the very useful comparison table (and keeping it updated)! I’m just getting into the tablet scene/choices and this is super handy.




  9.  
    kingw

    This says it’s continuously updated.  When was the chart last updated?




    •  

       I have a new chart ready but WordPress is choking on it because it’s so big.  I’m now trying to figure out how to display a large table in WordPress.  I may have to * gasp * create a separate HTML page!




  10.  
    Hhgghkkj

    Win8 is awesome and tablets are innovative, I don’t understand all the bad vibes on the market for MS products




  11.  
    Soldi Maker1

    I think the two acer machines are awesom for their price but the best of all these tablets will be MS SURFACE PROOO Only bomer is hy cost little battery life




  12.  
    Greg

    I was happy to see that someone made a comparison list but did not find the samsung series 7 slate (i5).  If you do not include it in a future comparison list which tablet listed do you think has similar if not the same specs?  Thanks 




  13.  
    Bob

    Goodness it’s hard to find out which tablets have GPS built-in.




  14.  
    Hakob Barseghyan

    It would be great if you could also include in the chart the information about pen input support, weights and dimensions. Especially weights – that would be very helpful. Thank you. Great job, by the way!




  15.  
    Phil

    after 13 days just returned an ASUS Vivo RT. (It had a Mini HDMI & USB ports) Excellent tablet design, great keyboard (free @ Staples), incredible battery life, particularly when augmented with the doc, but RT is a killer. Mr Moore, thanks for your comparisions.




    •  

       I use the Microsoft Surface RT mostly for browsing on the go.  But I am looking forward to the Windows 8 tables from Acer and Samsung.  I ordered the Acer Iconia W700 a few weeks back and I plan to order the Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro today.  I expect them to ship in the next week or so, ahead of Black Friday.




  16.  
    Stylinred

    sony duo 11?? tab 20?




  17.  
    Cantwiler

    Do you know which of these models will come in Windows 8 professional? 




    •  

       I updated the Windows 8 Tablet comparison chart tonight and I have yet to see any tablet shipping with Windows 8 Professional.  I did see that Dell allows you to add Win8 Pro as a low price option.




  18.  
    Aaaa

    I think the Asus Iconia W510 and Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx’s keyboard dock will give an extra 8-10 hours of battery life.  




  19.  
    Aaaa

    Samsung Smart PC only have 64 gb ssd, and samsung smart pc pro only have 128 gb ssd.  




  20.  
    Amapro

    SurfaceRT has 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0





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