Specs Comparison: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 VS Sony Vaio Tap 11

Jaycee De Guzman October 2, 2013 6
Specs Comparison: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 VS Sony Vaio Tap 11


Microsoft and Sony are only two of a number of brands which are now taking over the tablet industry. Just a few weeks ago, these two companies announced the new Surface Pro 2 and Vaio Tap 11 respectively. Filled with new features that will attract avid gadget lovers, these two devices will be the next generation products that will trend the future technological market. Let us compare the current specifications of these two tablets and determine where they can be better than each other.

Design and Build

Specs Comparison: Microsoft Surface 2 VS Sony Vaio Tap 11

The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is measured at 10.8 x 6.8 x 0.5 inches in dimensions and 907 g of weight. It has a physical display with a diagonal size of 10.6 inches. It also comes with a Surface Pen and a built-in two-stage kickstand although the model colors that will be available for consumers are still undetermined.

On an alternative note, the Sony Vaio Tap 11 will have a physical dimension of 303 x 187 x 15 mm. It will have a diagonal size of 11.6 inches, thickness of only 9.9 mm and weight of 780 g. Consumers can expect that it will have the measurements of a standard tablet. Also, it comes with a stylus and keyboard for a more functional use.

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Display Features

Specs Comparison: Microsoft Surface 2 VS Sony Vaio Tap 11

When it comes to the display, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 will be sporting a ClearType technology with a capacitive and multi-touch screen. It also features a light sensor and scratch proof glass for protection. The screen has an average resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with 1080p quality.

The Sony Vaio Tap 11, on the other hand, will also have a capacitive and multi-touch screen with its own light sensors. The large display will feature a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and average pixel density of only 190 ppi.

Operating System and Hardware

Specs Comparison: Microsoft Surface 2 VS Sony Vaio Tap 11


In terms of the operating system, the Surface Pro 2 by Microsoft will showcase a Windows 8.1 with a Candybar form factor. The central processing unit will be a 4th Generation Intel Haswell Core i5 that works with a graphical interface incorporated on its own. There will be a version with 4GB of RAM which offers 64GB and 128GB of internal storage. The other version has a system memory of 8GB RAM with options for 256GB and 512GB of storage. There is also an available slot for MicroSDXC memory cards. Meanwhile, it will have a battery life that can last up to 15 days of idle time.

On a similar note, the Sony Vaio Tap 11 will also be incorporating a Windows 8.1 operating system with a Candybar form factor. Hardware wise, it will have an Intel Core i5-4210Y chipset with a graphic interface with Intel HD Graphics 4200. It will have a 4GB RAM of system memory with an internal storage size of 128GB which is pretty impressive. There is also a memory card slot available while the battery life can last for up to almost 9 hours of light use.

Camera, Multimedia and Connectivity

Specs Comparison: Microsoft Surface 2 VS Sony Vaio Tap 11

The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 showcases a 720p and 0.9MP camera on both front and back. This is a different technology compared to the low light camera that the Surface 2 have. Also, it includes multimedia features such as video playback and music player that is capable of background playing. The audio output is supported by Dolby while connectivity options include Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi.

With a small but significant difference, the Sony Vaio Tap 11 exhibits a primary camera with 8MP. There is both a camcorder as well as a secondary camera at the front but the company still has not released any reports about how well these features can capture images and videos. In addition, there are also multimedia features which include an MP3 music player capable of background playing and video playback which supports a wide range of file types. Also, there is Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity and GPS positioning.


The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 presents a smaller screen size but with a respectable display feature in terms of the resolution and quality. The battery life is considerably better although the camera has lower megapixels to offer. Consumers can choose the system memory and internal storage to fit their lifestyle which is a good thing. On the other hand, the Sony Vaio Tap 11 has additional hardware devices which are the stylus and keyboard. It also exhibits respectable hardware and camera specifications. It presents a larger screen and similar screen resolution although the pixel density is considerably low.

The Surface Pro 2 has a starting price of $899 at the official store. The Vaio Tap 11, alternatively, is expected to sell with a lower price of $799. As a consumer, are you willing to replace your current tablets with one of these two devices?

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  1. et  October 3, 2013 at 2:13 am - Reply

    Whoever wrote this article needs to BADLY do their homework….the surface 2 will run the updated version of Windows RT, NOT the full Windows 8.1 that the Tap 11 will be running. The proper comparison is Surface Pro 2 vs Vaio Tap 11…..

    • Jaycee De Guzman
      Jaycee De Guzman  October 3, 2013 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      Hi et,

      Thank you for your input and I’m sorry for the wrong information associated to Microsoft Surface 2. It was really meant for Microsoft Surface Pro 2. I updated this comparative review.

      Again, Online Gadget Store appreciates your feedback.


  2. steve88ANdy  October 6, 2013 at 4:34 am - Reply

    This person needs to compare apples with apples, ie the dimensions are given in inches for one device and mm for the other

    • Jaycee De Guzman
      Jaycee De Guzman  October 6, 2013 at 9:19 am - Reply

      Hi steve88ANdy,

      You have a valid point. I’ll make sure that’s considered.
      Thank you.


  3. Lin Tommy  October 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Both have the same screen resolution except the Sony’s one is about one inch longer diagonally, how then its screen pixel density could be considerably lower.

    Mind you, the price of the Sony’s one is not USD 799 as it includes a keyboard and an active stylus!!! It is about the price of a Vaio Pro 13 with core i5 and there is no reason why it should be less. If the author would like to suggest that Sony would price its Tap 11 lower than MS, then please add the prices of an optional keyboard and a stylus pen to the base unit before the comparison.

    • Jaycee De Guzman
      Jaycee De Guzman  October 7, 2013 at 11:35 am - Reply

      Hi Lin,

      Thank you for your suggestion. I will apply this on my next review.


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