Microsoft justifies Surface Windows 8 Pro battery life and storage


For those that saw what Microsoft’s Surface RT had to offer and decided to wait patiently for the full Windows 8 version of the tablet, the news about the battery life and later on available storage of the tablets might have dampened ambitions for picking up one of the snazzy tablets.

The Surface with Windows 8 Pro still has a lot of appealing features in its own right, plus it carries-over neatness of the Surface RT, like the kickstand, magnesium frame and relatively light weight. The Surface Pro has a higher definition display and an Intel i5 processor as well as more storage. That extra storage is certainly needed since Windows 8 Pro takes up a lot of space, about 40-ish GB, leaving about 23GB of native space on the 64GB Surface Pro and roughly 83GB off the 128GB tablet.

Having less usable storage than advertised is a given on just about every mobile device out there. From Apple to Samsung, we all know there is storage, and “available” storage, such as life. The Surface Windows 8 Pro is no different and there are some justifiable reasons as it relates to storage and battery life. First, we know that Windows 8 needs some real estate and second, a full third generation Intel CPU is going to require more energy than NVIDIA Tegra 3 found on the Surface RT. Microsoft knew this going into it too.

While doing an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit, Panos Panay, the head of Microsoft’s Surface team, explained the rationale for both of these visible concerns that people have. The memory issue is simply a result of what was called a necessary move to have Windows 8 Pro on the tablet. The best option to gain more storage is to utilize the tablet’s microSDXC slot, which can accommodate up to 64GB. Is it ideal? Arguably no, but we readily accommodate such circumstances on our smartphones and other tablets.

When it came to battery life and performance, Mr. Panay was far more detailed:



What do you think of the explanation? Does it dampen your excitement or desire to pick up a Surface Windows 8 Pro tablet? It goes on sale February 9th with the 64GB version starting at $899.

source: BGR

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38 Comments

1. BackHandLegend

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 15, 2012

20 Gigs would be enough for me. Honestly people are riled up for something they're not going to buy anyway. Unless you're a developer/programmer why would you need more than 20Gb and even then why would you have a surface tablet to do such resourceful tasks?

23. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Because when I'm looking to store videos, music, and pictures on a device (much less PC games, which easily run close to 20GB) I'd at least want something with a higher capacity than my 30GB iPod from 7 years ago...

30. BackHandLegend

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 15, 2012

Go buy a flashdrive, external harddrive, or take advantage of the free cloud storage. It isn't that hard. Where else will you get a full computer experience on a device as portable as this?

33. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Any ultrabook? Besides, it's not like the 128GB unit is that bad, and I was really considering getting one beforeI decided on a more conventional touchscreen Vaio laptop. 80GB of usable storage is very usable, but 20GB hardly is.

38. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Yes, almost everyone's got their thumb drives and external hard disks anyway..

27. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Oh well because Office365 gives a 25GB mailbox :D

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

f**k the lack of storage. It's a ripoff. If it was only five gigs or soish, like what Android takes up, fine. I can live with that. But taking half of the available storage? Over half? f**k that noise. I'll get an Asus Transformer Infinity, save myself 400 dollars, and have a much better experience.

3. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

and also not full windows.

16. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

full windows are good at work....but its enough to have 3 years old PC even when I calculate a lot (mathematics, VBA) so for 99 % is 3 years old PC with W7 enough but at home for the best experience I use just Android (phone or tablet the newer the better, I will renew my devices (Android) every year...great innovations)....I don't need Windows at home any more....Android can manage almost everything and in much much a better way (of course if I had iOS, I would need Windows almost all the time) I want to know the trains: Android app is far better than PC web I want to know calendar: just a blink at calendar widget in my Android I want to start wifi: just one tap on a widget etc. etc. etc....unfortunately there is NO competition for Android....thats sad :(

25. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

There are trade-offs there. There are many applications that I would like to use on my tablet that your android solution is currently not capable of running. ie: Minecraft (not PE), Gimp, MS Office, Calibre, NWN, etc.) The Surface Pro is capable of running all of this software, as it is practically a laptop replacement. Its not about competition, its about what works best for you. I like android, but its not for me.

24. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Having full Windows exacerbates the problem. If I'm getting a full-fledged PC tablet as opposed to Win RT, Android, or an iPad, it's because I want to run full-fledged Windows programs, which generally take up much more space than ARM applications. So this PC has less storage than most modern smartphones, uses apps that are much larger, and costs twice as much... you do the math.

26. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

The more I think about the way they're going with this, I'm starting to think that Microsoft is really struggling when it comes to adapting to mobile computing. The WP concept shows some promise, but other parts of the company seems to feel compelled to shoehorn their legacy baggage into whole affair. And what they end up with in the Surface Pro isn't a 'Mobile' computing device, but a portable PC - a notebook that disguises itself as a tablet by having detachable keyboard. I can understand WP and I can understand Surface RT, but Surface Pro is just weird.

4. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I think the explanation makes sense. I am sure they wanted to do the most witht he surface and even with some things that are obvious drawbacks, the form factor is pretty good.

5. John.V

Posts: 99; Member since: May 27, 2011

I was tempted to buy one as my daily driver, but I since opted to get something else. Still, I love the portability factor.

7. thelegend6657 unregistered

I initially thought It would replace my laptop

11. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

It could if you have a Type-Cover and a portable power bank.

6. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

don't mind too much. I'm used to storing media in an external HDD anyway to save space and speed up the internal HDD when I don't need the media. and why do ppl keep saying its not full windows? RT isn't, even though its close, but windows 8 pro is full fledged windows. my main questions are how much space does windows 8 take in other PC's, and why is there a difference?

9. thelegend6657 unregistered

But why windows 8 only takes up less than 30gb on my laptop ? Something fishy here

14. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

i heard its the win backup also on the pro which takes ++ space on the surface and also heard that backup can be taken to boot-able USB and the space can freed i cant be sure but lot of people said that better conform the surface pro users

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I want to know the 40g storage requirement how much is use for bloatware. Can we uninstall them? I really dislike those bundle Android apps. I disable everyone of them!

10. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I said right awaythat this thing won't compete with tablets, and that it will be awkward to use just by touch (too heavy), or on the lap (poor balance). Now this guy is trying to compare it with MacBook Air. IPad killer? Only Microsoft fanboys were that dumb to see it that way

12. schinnak

Posts: 116; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

13. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

For loyal Windows lovers i guess... Won't mind having one though...especially with the processor inside, as capable as a good laptop.

15. OHaZZaR

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

All this talk of no compromise, but for them to say that theirs is more "efficient" than the macbook airs battery is hogwash. No one cares about it in terms of "pound for pound" unless you're going into serious portability, in which case the Macbook air is less than half a pound heavier. In the end, this delivers a less than average battery life for a tablet and, in todays standards, pretty average battery life for a regular laptop. Of course, it does come with a 1920*1080 display, but again, there's compromise in battery life and, to a very small extent, performance. Disk space is also a serious compromise, as people paid for 64 gigabytes, that's sort of like a promise that should be kept. I did some research and the 128Gb Macbook air gives users exactly 120.47Gb of storage. Well done Microsoft. Not only is android decades ahead of your garbage but so is Apple. Kudos.

17. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

Heh, that's my question to Panos!

18. khmer

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

You buy what you pay for not faking and lying MS advertised mentions 64GB is at least 60GB of free memory not 24GB. Next time advertised 30GB on 64Gb of internal memory. MS Surface has a very poor display resolution, very poor free memory and sold very high price. Nexus 10 is the best tablet in the world for now after iPad4.

22. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Khmer, you need to go back to srok Khmer.

19. android_hitman unregistered

This is a full blown PC/Laptop so don't compare it to any tablet because u can't. So stop complaining about the storage. in nowadays everything tends to be in "cloud" and 1 more thing if apple would have presented something similar with full MAC OS X running on it with 64/128 GB the world would have pissed it self and nobody would have complain about the storage. so buy the surface if you like and meet your needs if not go for android tablet or ipad.

20. android_hitman unregistered

This is a full blown PC/Laptop so don't compare it to any tablet because u can't. So stop complaining about the storage. in nowadays everything tends to be in "cloud" and 1 more thing if apple would have presented something similar with full MAC OS X running on it with 64/128 GB the world would have pissed it self and nobody would have complain about the storage. so buy the surface if you like and meet your needs if not go for android tablet or ipad.

21. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

This is a PC/tablet, not your funpad. The pro is for both work and play. It appears though most of you android/apple minions here like to play more than work.

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