Surface Pro will have about half the battery life of RT tablet

Earlier today, Microsoft announced that the upcoming Surface Pro tablet, running on Windows Pro 8 and an Intel Core i5 processor, would be out sometime in January starting at $899 for the 64 GB version and $999 for the 128 GB version.

Of course, a version of the Surface, running on Windows RT with an ARM-based NVIDIA Tegra processor, is already available for sale from Microsoft. In our review of the Surface, we noted that we had gotten "over 8 hours of use with a mix of email, video, web surfing and writing."

So what will the battery life be like for the Surface Pro? Microsoft's general manager for the Surface tablet division, Panos Panay, gave a response to that question to a person on his Twitter account today:

 

Yes, Panay is basically saying that the Surface Pro will have about four hours of battery life. That's certainly going to disappoint many potential Surface Pro owners who might have wanted the battery to last an hour or two longer. Hopefully, we will get some more solid battery performance stats in the weeks to come.

Source: Panos Panay on Twitter | Image via Microsoft

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