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The News About Surface Pro Battery Life Isn’t Good

The "Pro" version of Microsoft's tablet will have half the battery life of the lower-end version.

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I said that Microsoft hadn’t disclosed battery life estimates for its upcoming Surface for Windows 8 Pro tablet. Wrong! ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reports:

Surface Pros are going to get about half the battery life of the Surface RTs. Surface RTs get between eight and ten hours of battery life, based on various estimates I’ve seen (and my own personal experience on mine).

This isn’t stunning: Surface Pro uses a powerful Intel processor rather than the ARM chip in Surface RT, and runs a more demanding version of Windows. But it’s still a telling example of an area in which Microsoft’s “no compromises” philosophy results in a downside which sounds like a compromise to me.

10 comments
Denesius
Denesius

Thousand bucks for a four hour machine? This is Mr Gate's idea of technologic advance? My original Osborne portable had that kind of battery life (we're talking 1980's here folks)

steveymacjr
steveymacjr

@harrymccracken @skybad @jkendrick the pricing does a fairly good job of saying "don't compare these two." consumers are fairly smart

swildstrom
swildstrom

@harrymccracken Four to five hours of running time is barely adequate for a laptop these days.

skybad
skybad

@harrymccracken how can an Ivy Bridge powered fully functional ultrabook type device like S Pro be compared to iPad. MBA= par for the course

skybad
skybad

@harrymccracken Macbook Air = Surface Pro. iPad = SurfaceRT. I don't have a dog in this fight, but you have to compare Intel-powered devices

steveymacjr
steveymacjr

@harrymccracken its the same battery life as comparably priced laptops.

skybad
skybad

@harrymccracken compare apples to apples. What's the battery life on an Air?

lufcman
lufcman

@skybad why are you comparing a surface pro to a macbook air?? the air is an outdated touchless, non tablet