Microsoft Surface Pro to offer only half the battery life of Apple’s latest iPad with Retina display

“When Microsoft launches the Windows 8 Pro version of its Surface tablet, the device will apparently have a battery life somewhere in the area of four and a half to five hours,” Electronista reports. “This according to a Panos Panay, head of Microsoft’s Surface project. Surface with Windows 8 Pro — which runs the full version of Windows 8 — will launch in January of next year.”

Electronista reports, “The announcement came today in a tweet from Panay’s own account. Panay didn’t go into detail, but he did say the forthcoming Surface Pro will have ‘approximately half the battery life of Surface RT.'”

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MacDailyNews Note: Apple’s latest 4th generation iPad with Retina display delivers up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi, watching video, or listening to music and up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network. Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air delivers up to 7 hours battery life.

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The Guardian: Microsoft’s Windows 8 is confusing as hell; an appalling user experience – March 5, 2012
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  1. When you figure half the battery life and you can only do half as much, it really works out to 1/4 the battery life with respect to what you got done ….

    Does that make sense?

  2. The surface pro should get about 4.5 hours. Given that this is an actual computer in tablet form with “real work” capable hardware, squarely aimed to fill the gap other tablets leave; doing real work, getting 4 hours or more battery life is good.

    Anyone with a little common sense would know the iPad;or any other low powered tablet, can not be compared to the Surface Pro. They are two different machines.

    Stick to comparing the Surface RT to the iPad.

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