The Surface RT was one of the first Windows RT-based tablet created by Microsoft. It was unveiled at a secret press conference in June 2012. The Surface RT was released on October 26, 2012 alongside Windows 8.

While the external hardware for the Surface RT was well received, the internal specs for the device were underwhelming for the time. The Surface RT featured a 1.3 GHz     Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. The tablet came in storage variants of either 32GB or 64GB models, but space could be expanded with a microSD card.

Up front the Surface RT features a 10.6-inch ClearType display. The resolution is set at 1366 x 768, which results in 148 pixels per inch. The display on the Surface RT is a 5-point multi-touch touchscreen. Other specs include front and rear 1.2 MP cameras capable of recording video at 720p.

The Surface RT was launched alongside Windows 8 to highlight the strengths of the platform.

The Surface 2 is the follow-up to the Surface RT and was released one year later. It marks the second-generation of Surface products.