Microsoft Surface edges out Samsung in display tests
The Microsoft Surface's display performed well in tests, topping the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and even beating the iPad 3 in some categories.
Microsoft's Surface RT tablet topped Samsung's Galaxy tablet in a "shoot-out" done by display testing firm DisplayMate Technologies.
The Surface RT's display outperformed all of the standard resolution full size 10-inch tablets that DisplayMate has tested to date in its Shoot-Out series, Raymond Soneira, president of DisplayMate Technologies, said in a research note today.
"On-screen text is significantly sharper, it has a better factory display calibration, and also significantly lower screen reflectance than the iPad 2 and all full size 1,280x800 Android tablets," Soneira said in a statement.
For example, it bested the 1,280x800 Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on small-text readability -- due to Surface's sub-pixel rendering -- and on calibration. And got a rating of A- versus B+ for the Samsung display.
It was not as sharp overall, however, as the high-pixel-density iPad 3 or 4, he said. Though Soneira did add that the Surface RT "is comparable or better than the iPad 3 in all test categories except two: Screen Resolution and Color Gamut."
"This is a great start for Windows Tablets and brings much needed competition to the tablet marketplace," he said.
The next version of Microsoft Surface due early next year will boast a much higher pixel density of 1,920x1,080. That will sport an Intel Core i5 processor and run Windows 8 Pro.