Microsoft’s Surface tablet will launch to the general public on October 26th with pricing consistent with the iPad 16GB, that is $499. Unlike Apple’s base-model iPad, the Surface will come with 32 GB storage, twice the amount — but turns out all that space isn’t usable. Around 12 GB of space is allocated for the Windows RT operating system installed on the Surface tablet PC.
In a recent “ask me anything” session on Reddit held by Microsoft, a user wondered how much free space the Surface tablet would actually have after operating-system space was set aside, and here is the Surface Team’s response:
“I am Ricardo Lopez, Test Manager for Surface RT. After the OS, Office RT and a bunch of apps, you will still have more that 20GB. As you say, you can always add an SD card and while you cannot add apps there, you can get music, movies and photos there.”
Apple offers 16 GB internal space on its iPad, and with operating-system space set aside consumers still have 15 GB leftover to download applications and other forms of media. Don’t misunderstand me, 20 GB of space is plenty for the average consumer if you’re looking to purchase a Surface tablet. But, it is definitely not one would expect after hearing the 32GB storage size of Surface tablet.
Furthermore the Microsoft team was able to confirm that Surface’s 1366 x 768 screen resolution is a step ahead of the iPad’s 2048 x 1536 resolution. Microsoft explained that a technical measurement called Modulation Transfer Function, a combination of contrast and resolution, is superior on the Surface due to a higher contrast. “Without good contrast, resolution decreases,” said the Microsoft respondent.