How much does battery life matter to tablet users? Microsoft may soon find out, first-hand.
Microsoft went public today with pricing for its Surface Pro PC/tablet devices -- the Intel-based ones running Windows 8 Pro that will allow users to run their existing third-party apps on the Desktop. The 64 GB version will be $899; the 128 GB version, $999. (Both prices include a pen, but no Touch or Type keyboard/cover. So add another $120 to $130 for that.)
Pricing is not all the team shared about the Microsoft-branded Surface Pros, due out in January 2013.
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).
For me, that'd be a deal breaker. With a tablet, I count on not having to lug a power cord around. Other readers of mine say they plan to use the Surface Pro like a PC, so they are less worried about only getting four to five hours of battery.
Some had hoped/wondered if Microsoft's decision to deliver Surface Pro after Christmas was related to a last-minute substitution of a more powerful Intel processor. But that isn't the case, a Microsoft spokesperson reconfirmed when I asked today. Surface Pro uses the Intel Core i5.