The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is a new tablet which looks almost like its previous versions but with better and updated specifications. It has more accessories which support the new and advanced features that it exhibits. Two years after the release of the first ever Kindle, the latest Kindle Fire HDX, on the other hand, is an upgraded gadget with powerful features that can compete against the current and still to come premium devices in the market. It offers more options to explore than its predecessors ever did. Now, let us see where these two tablets go head to head.
Build and Design
In terms of the build, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 has 10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53 inches of dimension and 907 g of weight. It is cased with a VaporMg and sports a dark titanium color. On its side is where the power button and volume adjustments can be found. This tablet also comes with its own Surface Pen.
Meanwhile, the Kindle Fire HDX is measuring 9.09 x 6.22 x 0.31 inches and weighed 384 g. The touch layer is integrated into the screen glass which is the reason for the tablet’s light and sleek design. The body has a blended magnesium, glass and nylon as a single piece cover.
The display features of the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 include a 10.6 inches of screen size with ClearType Full HD display and 10-point multi-touch. The resolution is set at a native 1920 x 1080 pixels with an aspect ratio of 16:9. It also sports an IPS LCD.
On the other hand, the Kindle Fire HDX has a smaller 8.9 inches of screen display and 100 percent sRGB of color display. It has an 2560 x 1600 default resolution, which is incredible given that it is physically small, with a pixel density of 339ppi. The LCD also has a light sensor for better touch performance.
Operating System and Hardware
Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 2 is supported by a Windows 8.1 Pro operating system. Hardware-wise, it is going to have the Intel Core i5 chip, one of Haswell members, which aims to perform tasks at a higher than usual speed. In addition, the graphics processor will be the Intel HD Graphics 4400 while RAM will be at 4GB. Internal storage will come in at 64GB which can be expanded further through MicroSD, MicroSDHC and MicroSDXC memory cards.
Alternatively, the Kindle Fire HDX will have its own Android 4.2.2 Fire 3.0, also called Mojito, as an operating system. It will run on a Quad-core QualComm Snapdragon 800 with 2200 MHz. The integrated graphics processor will be provided by Adreno 330 while storage comes in at 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal. The built in battery can stay up to 18 hours at the maximum.
Camera and General Multimedia
With the current trend in mobile photography, the Surface Pro 2 will sport both front and back cameras, although there is no information yet about how good it can capture scenes and images. What we do know is that this tablet is capable of capturing video at a resolution of 1280 x 720 which can be displayed at 720p HD. A 1080p might be better but at least it’s still HD. Additional features include a free 200GB on SkyDrive, built in microphone, stereo speakers, as well as a signal processor.
Meanwhile, the Kindle Fire HDX will have the same camcorder abilities at 720p HD. The camera will sport 8MP quality with LED flash, aperture size of F2.2 and digital image stabilization. Also, it has a music player which can be used for background playing. Additional features include the screen reader, screen magnifier, Dolby audio, as well as dual stereo speakers. There is also a Mayday Button if users wish to contact Amazon for help. Lastly, this tablet also supports both LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity.
The two newest tablets of Microsoft and Amazon are still to be released in public before the year 2013 ends. Both of these are premium products which means that it is also expected to have a similar premium price tag. The Surface Pro 2 of Microsoft is expected to sell at $899 in October while the Kindle Fire HDX of Amazon will cost a definitely cheaper $379 starting in November. In terms of its specifications, Microsoft was able to incorporate better screen displays and larger storage options. It also has hardware specifications which are completely high end. Unfortunately, it is heavier and bulkier to carry around by its users. On a related note, Amazon’s tablet has a less attractive hardware and storage options. The positive thing is that it is lighter, easier to carry and supports higher display resolution and features.
So, which gadget do you think suits you best?