7 Major Differences Between the Samsung Galaxy Tablet and Microsoft’s Surface

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Camera resolution

The Galaxy Tablet and Microsoft Surface have embedded rear and front cameras for recording capacity. However, the Samsung Galaxy has an enhanced 8 megapixel rear camera for HD video recording. Microsoft Surface has a 5 megapixel rear and front facing camera.

Processing power

Microsoft Surface stays true to its history of Intel Core technology. The Surface features i3 to i7 Intel Core technology for 1.6GHZ capacity and overclocking to 2.9GHZ. The Samsung Tablet has a unique Exynos Octa processor that works with the Android operating system clocked at either 1.3GHZ or 1.9GHZ

Battery life

The Samsung Galaxy Tablet and Microsoft Surface have similar battery capacity. The difference in battery life is found in the activities used during battery operation. The Tab S has an estimated 9 hours of use time. Microsoft Surface considers up to 9 hours of use during web operation in WiFi mode.

Mobile support

The Samsung Galaxy Tablet features full LTE and mobile support for Verizon and Sprint. The Microsoft Surface tablet has native support for Wi-Fi access and can support broadband with the installation of a sim card. However, Samsung Galaxy includes native support for LTE to provide enhanced speed.

Surface detection and function

The Surface and Galaxy use multitouch technology to tap into the power of a full laptop experience. Microsoft included an additional gyroscope sensor to enable or disable keyboard functions when closed. The Galaxy Tablet features an additional fingerprint scanner to access passwords and accounts. The Galaxy Tablet also features an additional multi-tasking feature called Multi Window that attempts to mimic the windows found on Surface.


One of the biggest differences between the Samsung tablet and Surface is storage capacity. Both tablets feature MicroSD slots capable of using 128GB of space. However, Microsoft Surface includes a maximum option of up to 512GB of storage and the Samsung Galaxy Tablet features up to 32GB of storage. Microsoft Surface has a true laptop style storage capability, while the Galaxy has a lightweight mobile storage style.


Microsoft Surface uses an IPS LCD high-resolution display and the Samsung Galaxy Tablet uses a Super AMOLED. The Super AMOLED has as slightly higher resolution in video playback. Microsoft Surface has a larger surface area of 12 inches. The Samsung Galaxy has more pixels per inch at 2560 x 1600 compared to Microsoft Surface’s 2160 x 1440 pixel rating.