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Screen display expert debunks Microsoft Surface claims


An expert in screen display has countered claims made by a Microsoft employee on Reddit this week that that new Microsoft Surface tablet display with its ClearType technology is more detailed with more resolution than the new iPad, reports PC World.

Even though the Surface has a 1366 x768 pixel, 148 PPI display on its 10.6 inch screen and the iPad (3rd generation) boasts 2048x1536 pixel, 264 PPI resolution on its 9.7 inch screen, Steven Bathiche, director of research for Microsoft's Applied Sciences group, claimed “Microsoft has the best pixel rendering technology in the industry” and “doing a side by side with the new iPad in a consistently lit room, we have had many people see more detail on Surface RT than on the iPad with more resolution" on Reddit this week. 

The claims were quickly debunked by DisplayMate Technologies, in a comparison test executed on the iPad 3, iPad 2 and, in lieu of a Surface, what the report called "an essentially identical Asus Netbook with a 1366x768 130 PPI display that had Microsoft's implementation of Sub-Pixel Rendering, which they call ClearType."

The report, written by Dr. Raymond Soneira, president of DisplayMate Technologies, concluded: "It is certainly possible that the Microsoft Surface RT Tablet will perform better than the Asus Netbook, but it is very unlikely that it will turn out to be visually sharper than the new iPad 3. On the other hand the Windows Pro version of Surface will have a 1920x1080 208 PPI screen, and it is quite possible that it will be comparable in sharpness to the new iPad 3 with 2048x1536 264 PPI."



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I'm interested in touching/seeing the Surface RT and Pro in person and hearing opinions from users of both Surface and iPad. However, using an Asus Netbook with alike specs as a bar is not a convincing "debunking" for me. There's more to viewing clarity than specs (even if it were Asus making the screen for the Surface).

Of course the price of the Surface is also of keen interest. An i5, USB3.0, and the ability to use LR and PS on Surface is pretty attractive--so practical performance of the displays is more important than specs to me at this point.


"... the ability to use LR and PS on Surface is pretty attractive-...."

Is that possible? I thought it only ran RT apps from the RT app store?

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On the Surface Pro, which will have an x86 chip. The Surface RT (so far) looks to be able to run standard windows apps without porting them. Time will tell...

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