Windows RT vs. Windows 8 Pro: Choose the right tablet for work

There are some significant differences between Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro tablets to consider before making a purchase.

By , PC World |  Consumerization of IT, Microsoft, tablets

Most Windows 8 Pro tablets pack an Intel Core series processor. So while such devices are still tablets in the technical sense, in both performance and price they compete more with Ultrabooks and other laptop PCs than with pure tablets, and the pricing reflects that reality. The Samsung Series 7 Slate PC with 128GB of storage is just under $1200 from Best Buy. Dell offers the Latitude 10 tablet with Windows 8 Pro starting around $1000; it has half the RAM and half the storage of the Samsung, but also uses just an Intel Atom processor. Meanwhile, Surface Pro will start at $900, a fairly competitive price considering it, like the Series 7, ships with an Intel Core i5 processor.

If price is a deciding factor in your purchasing decision, the Surface RT (or other ARM-based tablet running Windows RT) is the way to go. However, if you act fast you can get a great deal on the Dell Latitude 10--Dell is offering deals of more than $350 off the list price, so the tablet starts at $650.

Battery Life

Battery life is another area where the Windows 8 Pro tablet competes more with ultrabooks than other tablets. Our testing of the Samsung Series 7 Slate yielded more than five and a half hours of battery life--and that's with an Intel Core i5 processor rather than the more energy frugal Atom chips used in many other Windows 8 tablets.

Size and Weight

This is one area where the two platforms are roughly on par--depending on what you buy. The Samsung Series 7 Slate weighs almost half a pound more than the Surface RT at 1.9 pounds, and the Surface Pro will weigh less than two pounds as well according to a blog post from Panos Panay, General Manager of Microsoft Surface. The Dell Latitude 10 tablet, on the other hand, delivers a Windows 8 Pro tablet listed at 1.47 pounds, which is actually slightly less than the 1.5 pounds of the Surface RT.

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