Surface Pro to have half the battery life of the RT version

Surface Pro to have half the battery life of the RT version
Well, you can't have both a full-fledged desktop operating system and terrific battery life, right? Right. And by the looks of it, Microsoft won't be trying to change that with its Surface tablet, powered by Windows 8 Pro.

According to some unofficial reports, the Surface Pro tablet is likely to offer about half the battery life of its RT counterpart. Of course, no one should have expected the Intel-powered Surface running full-featured Windows to be as power-efficient as the ARM-based Surface RT, so we guess there won't be too many disappointed. Besides, if you choose to pair your Surface Pro with a keyboard dock, you end up with a real laptop, and you know how good laptops are with regards to battery life. Still, it might not be a bad idea for Microsoft to take a page out of Asus's book here and comes up with a keyboard dock that also incorporates an additional battery.

That said, with the Surface RT sporting a battery life close to 8-10 hours on average, the Surface Pro may easily hover around the 4-5 hours mark. Not that bad, but not great either.

via: TheNextWeb

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  • Display 10.6" 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 1 megapixel
  • Processor Intel Core i5, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB

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23 Comments

1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2343; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

I'll pass.... See what ASUS, comes out with :-)

4. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

given it has a i5 in it it is pretty good to me and its like 16/13mm thick

8. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Yeah but it's also almost twice heavier than standard tablets. Not to mention the price. Intel will be able to enter a true tablet market only with the next generation of Atom

10. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Most ultra books last longer than that...

2. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

4-5 hour.... :( Not even good. Looks like transformer tab it is

3. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

yeah but the transformer has the keyboard dock

7. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

but? dont they both have it

18. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

The difference is the Transformer has a huge battery in its keyboard dock, whereas the Surface's keyboard dock is just a keyboard. I don't care about battery life all that much, and I am planning on picking up a Surface Pro when it launches, but 4-5 (i.e. 4 hours) is still pretty disappointing.

14. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Can someone design a back cover/kickstand with a efficient solar panel so the tablet can be charged while you are using it?

5. wendygarett unregistered

Oh well, I don't need much... So rt for me :)

6. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

The main problem is market perception of Surface Pro. It shares it's firt name with Surface RT and therefore it's percieved like a tablet. But in fact, despite tablet-like features, it's in fact a full mobile PC, that competes with ultrabooks. Therefore its should be compared with ultrabooks, not portable devices like tablets. Problem that Microsoft has to deal with is that all eyes are aimed at the fact that this Pro version is Microsoft's edge over the competition in mobile tablet world, not in a PC world, but this model obviously cannot compete in tablet world.

9. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Exactly

11. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I'm not really sure the perception comes from ignorant or unfair viewers of the Surface Pro. In a lot of ways, Microsoft is promoting this as how a tablet should be. Basically, a tablet doesn't need to be a larger smartphone (this I agree with!). But in the end, it's still a tablet, otherwise they would have made an UltraBook. But even compared with UltraBooks, the battery life on this thing is terrible. Reminds me of the battery life I got out of my Dell Inspiron back in 2003. Although I'm absolutely sure it will get better, it doesn't mean we don't discuss the current state of it...

13. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Real tablet is something you feel easy and natural to hold. Two pound hybrid is not such thing ..the most natural place for it is lap(while used in a sitting position) or torso (while used in a laid position). Hence, it will most be used in an ultrabook configuration.

19. hypergreatthing

Posts: 44; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

The fact that microsoft on their own website calls it "is a 64-bit tablet PC" makes it seem that the word, "tablet" is right there for comparisons with other tablets.

20. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Well, that's Microsoft's problem.

12. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

i'll wait for haswell

15. jove39

Posts: 2137; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Right, Anand Shimpi also recommended to wait for haswell...iintel has some power saving features coming in.

16. zekes

Posts: 230; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

runs a deskto runs a desktop OS a and gets 8 hours continuously that's just my 2 cents

17. zekes

Posts: 230; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Mac os

21. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

the sad thing about intel laptops... only have 5hrs life! which is understandable since it give pure power!

22. jsdechavez

Posts: 783; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I'll wait for the next generation of the Surface pro.

23. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

me too!!! coz that rumor mill about surface family is interesting!!!coz this dont really give me a huge impression coz of that low res screen! but will prefer the surface RT 2 coz 8.6" will be very good for me! coz the surface pro2 with 11.6" is huge..but still not that big!! i mean most windows 8 tablet are 11.6 above (vaio 11 duo, etc)... but still it will be great!

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