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Microsoft: Surface Pro Will Have Half the Battery Life of Surface RT

by Todd Haselton | November 29, 2012

microsoft-surface-front-stand-featuredMicrosoft 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.

[via Microsoft, The Verge]


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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...