Microsoft Surface Pro to start at $899, poor battery life, available in January

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Microsoft has announced the pricing of the Surface Pro tablet, which will be available in January. Before I give you the price, despite it being in the title of the post, let me just say that it seems a bit outrageous for what you’ll be getting, especially compared to other tablets that are already currently available.

The 64GB version is priced at $899, while the 128GB version is priced at $999. I’m sure you could come up with your own conclusion(s) about why the price is too high. To me, a tablet like this, especially with its price, should come with at least 128GB for the most basic version. What’s worse, is that, coming straight from Microsoft’s @surface Twitter account, battery life is expected to be half that of the Surface RT tablets:

If that tweet is, for whatever reason, deleted, here’s what it says:

@shahroom Hey Shahroom, #Surface pro will have approximately half the batter life of Surface RT.

There are a few reasons regarding the shorter battery life. For starters, the resolution of the display is much higher, being 1920×1080 compared to the Surface RT’s 1366×768. The Surface Pro also features a power-hungry Intel x86-based CPU, as well as its integrated GPU. While performance and application compatibility is much greater, battery life fears quite the opposite.

However, that’s not to say that the tablet itself isn’t any good. In facts, it’s quite good. You get the benefits of a full version of Windows in a form factor that could be much more appreciated. Because the Surface RT runs on ARM-based processors, you’re limited to the applications that are coded specifically for it. With the Surface Pro, it runs a traditional Intel processor, so you could run any application that currently runs on your typical Windows desktop. And, if you’re good, you could probably install Linux or even Mac OS X on it. Given the base-64GB model, you’ll most likely be limited to just one operating system.

So, what do you think? Is the price too high, or is it just right for what you’re getting?

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