The Apple iPad 5 and Microsoft Surface 2 are expected to unveil in the coming months, offering gadget consumers next-generation tablets to choose from. With upcoming release dates for the latest Apple and Microsoft devices, let's look at a tablet comparison based off of rumored specs for the iPad 5 and Surface 2. Both next-gen tablets are expected to be revealed ahead of the holiday season.
iPad 5 vs. Surface 2 Display
The 10.6-inch Surface 2 is reported to feature a full HD 1080p screen, which is a boost in display from the current Surface RT resolution. The 9.7-inch iPad 5 will have a screen resolution of 2,048 by 1,536. Both Microsoft and Apple are also reported to release 7-inch editions of their upcoming tablets, rivaling the likes of the Google Nexus 7. A high-resolution 7-inch Microsoft tablet would give the tech giant an edge against the rumored Retina iPad Mini. Though of their larger variants, Apple has the upper hand in pixel density with the iPad 5.
iPad 5 vs. Surface 2 Processor & Battery
Sources reveal that the Surface 2 will have a battery life of roughly eight hours. While the battery life of the iPad 5 has yet to be confirmed, if its predecessor is any indicator of what consumers can expect in length of performance, it will trump Microsoft's upcoming next-gen tablet. The iPad 4 presently has a 10-hour battery life. It is unlikely the new Apple tablet will see a decrease in battery life. However, the Surface 2 is reported to feature a new Power Cover accessory, which will be built into the keyboard cover for added juice.
iPad 5 vs. Surface 2 Operating System & Storage
Both the iPad 5 and Surface 2 should be released in time to support the latest operating systems. Apple has upgraded to iOS 7, meaning the iPad 5 will support the update. The Surface 2 will also feature an upgrade to Windows 8.1. Depending on consumers' preference for user interface, both tablets are viable options supporting the latest upgrades.
In terms of storage, the iPad 5 and Surface 2 are likely an even match. Both Apple and Microsoft are expected to be available in several storage options. The News Tribe reports that both tablets will be available in storage options 16, 32, 64 and 128GB.
iPad 5 vs. Surface 2 Price
The cost for both of Apple and Microsoft's upcoming tablets have yet to be leaked, so prices are based purely on speculation. The rumored cost for both tablets are based on the current prices for the Microsoft Surface RT (ahead of the price cuts) and iPad 4. The 32GB Surface RT, before the steep discounts, was priced at $499. The 32GB iPad 4 with only WiFi costs $599. Microsoft is also notable these past months for its extreme price cuts to its Surface collection after an unsuccessful launch. The iPad 5 will likely be a more costly choice, but not by an extreme amount.
iPad 5 vs. Surface 2 Release Date
An Apple event September 10 is expected to release the latest lineup of iPhone 5 models. However, nearly all reports estimate the release date for the new iPad tablets to take place at a separate time. The iPad 5 release date has yet to be confirmed, but rumors place the reveal in Q4 2013, possibly in October. This means that Microsoft will likely beat Apple to the tablet punch, seeing as the new Surface models are reported to be revealed at an event on September 23.
Since Microsoft saw a failed debut of its Microsoft Surface devices, its upcoming debut of the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 is vital for the triumph of the tablet lineup. Apple's new iPad lineup, which is set to include the iPad 5 and the iPad Mini 2, is widely buzzed about, though is reported to have a later release date than Microsoft. The fate of the Surface tablets widely depends on how updated the latest models are compared to their predecessors. With a rumored earlier release date, Microsoft could snag many tablet consumers, given the tablets wow the market. Otherwise, Apple is likely to continue to control a large part of the tablet market, with many loyal consumers waiting for the iPad 5 launch.
Which tablet would you buy, the iPad 5 or Surface 2?