Microsoft Exec Says Surface Pro Tablet Emphasizes Speed and Slim Design Over Battery Life

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Tests of the Microsoft Surface Pro have found that this Windows 8 tablet can go between 3.5 and 4.5 hours on a single charge. This is low compared to some of its competitors, but the man who headed up the design team says it was necessary to give the device its other qualities.

Panos Panay, who is in charge of the Surface at Microsoft, shared his thoughts on the battery life of this device on Reddit today. He started out by saying, “We created a product that did not compromise speed, performance in any way. With that, we wanted to be the best notebook/laptop product in its class, but still deliver you the tablet form factor.”

Panay went on to write, “We picked a smaller battery to be sure we were able to give you the same performance and to keep it thin. This kept the weight under 2lbs.”

He concluded with “While these tradeoffs are challenges as much as they are opportunities, we think given the performance and experience you will be getting, it is an exciting product.”

Another Alternative

Those who require a longer battery life might consider the Microsoft Surface RT, an alternate version that was released in the fall. This runs Window RT, and therefore has a different type of processor which uses less power. As a result, it has roughly twice the battery life of the Surface Pro.

However, because it uses Windows RT, it can not run software designed for Windows 7 and before. The tablet also has a lower-resolution screen. On the other hand, it also has a lower price.

More About Microsoft Surface Pro

The tablet will have a 10.6-inch screen, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The Surface Pro will include a full-size USB 3.0 port, plus a Mini DisplayPort that can drive an external display up to 2560 x 1440 pixels.

There are going to be two options for buyers: the one with 64GB of storage will cost $900, while a version with 128GB of storage will be $1000– but the operating system will take up a substantial chunk of this. Both will have an Intel Core i5 processor.

Microsoft Surface Pro

The device will come with a stylus dubbed the Surface pen, which will have Palm Block technology. They will not, however, be bundled with a Touch Cover or Type Cover. These will be sold separately, at $120 and $130, respectively.

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