Microsoft announced the pricing and release date for the Surface with Windows 8 Pro today — it starts at $899 and will be available in January — and now we’re being treated to a bit of information about what to expect from the device. According to Microsoft’s Twitter account, the Windows 8 Pro Surface will offer half the battery life of the Windows RT tablet. The Verge found that the original Surface RT offered about 8 hours of battery life, which means you can expect about 4 hours with the more powerful model.
That’s not great, considering you can grab laptop with a full keyboard and better hardware that will last longer. But, the Surface with Windows 8 Pro offers a Core i5 processor and a full-fledged operating system, as opposed to an ARM processor, which is why you won’t get as much life out of it.
Is this a deal breaker for you? I’m not sure I’d jump on a device that only has 4 hours of battery life.