Microsoft Surface Pro: Half the Battery Life
On paper, Microsoft's upcoming Surface Pro tablet computer is a whole lot more enticing than the version of the Surface currently available in stores: it boasts more processing power, memory, and storage.
It also runs the full version of Windows 8, whereas the current Surface uses only the less-impressive Windows RT operating system (OS).
Up until recently, the only problem with the Surface Pro appeared to be its price: $899 and up. The current Surface sells for $499 and up.
Twice the Price, Half the Battery Life
But now there's another reason to worry about the Surface Pro's viability in the competitive tablet computing market: its battery will last only half as long as the Surface running Windows RT.
The Surface equipped with Windows RT can last between eight and ten hours before requiring plug-in power. By comparison, the new Surface Pro will need a battery re-charge after approximately four and a half hours. (Source: latimes.com)
It's a surprising revelation, particularly given Microsoft's previous announcement that the Surface Pro will automatically disconnect from the Internet while in hibernate mode, thereby preserving the battery's charge.
Some observers hoped this would help Microsoft establish a battery life for the Surface Pro comparable to that of the Surface currently available in stores.
Steep Hardware Specs Reduce Battery Life
Given the Surface Pro's impressive hardware specifications, however, the short battery life is probably to be expected.
The device ships with either 64GB or 128GB of storage capacity, an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, and a 10.6-inch display boasting a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Of course, there's also the demanding Windows 8 operating system.
With that kind of hardware and software on board, the device's battery must strain to keep things powered up.
Some critics seem unimpressed with the news of the new Surface's relatively short battery life.
PC World's Daniel Ionescu, for example, points out that Asus, Vizio, Acer, and Dell ultrabook laptop computers with even more power-hungry hardware specifications have established battery endurance longer than five hours. (Source: pcworld.com)
Infopackets Top Windows 10 FAQs
How to Upgrade from Windows 10 32-bit to 64-bit
How to Fix: Windows 10 Antivirus Missing, Not Compatible
How to Fix: Windows 10 Display Shifted; Screen Fuzzy
How to Upgrade Windows 7, 8 32-bit to Windows 10 64-bit
to Downgrade from Windows 10
- How to Fix: Windows 10 Upgrade Failed Error C1900208
- How to Fix: Windows 10 Upgrade Failed Error 80240020
- Can I Cancel my Windows 10 Reservation and Reserve Later?
- How to Clean Install Windows 10 using Windows 7, 8 License
- Will Windows 10 Install Automatically?
- Windows 10 Upgrade: Do I have to Reinstall Programs?
- Windows 10 Upgrade: Can I choose 32-bit or 64-bit?
- Which Version of Windows 10 Will I Get (Home or Pro)?
- How to Reserve Windows 10 Upgrade (Free)
- How to Fix: CPU Not Compatible with Windows 10 Error
- Windows 10 Upgrade: Can I keep my Old Windows Install?
- How to Cancel Windows 10 Reservation (Properly)
- Download Windows 10 .ISO (DVD) for Clean Install?
- Microsoft: Windows 10 Will Be The Last Version
- Does Windows 10 require the CPU to support PAE?
- Windows 10: Can I Upgrade or do I need a Clean Install?
Click here for more Windows 10 articles.