Microsoft’s Surface RT has a better display than does the iPad — that’s the case being made by one of the tech gurus behind the new tablet.
At a Reddit IamA held yesterday, Microsoft engineers who worked on Surface answered questions about the tablet.
One question asked how users might consider Surface versus the iPad in light of their different screen resolutions. Surface for Windows RT offers a resolution of 1366×768 while the current iPad delivers a resolution of 2048×1536.
Microsoft’s Steven Bathiche quickly chimed in to address that issue. Bathiche is the director of research for the company’s Applied Sciences group and as such added his expertise to the development of the tablet.
However, another person challenged Bathiche, asking why Microsoft opted for a higher resolution in the Windows Pro version of Surface.
Here, Bathiche seemed to struggle for an answer, saying that perhaps Microsoft wasn’t as concerned about preserving battery power. He also suggested that since the Pro version is designed for a “professional environment,” the extra screen space might be needed by people making presentations.