All you need to know about the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet

by Anurag R on December 1, 2012

Microsoft Surface Pro TabletMicrosoft made a splash in tech circles when it unveiled its Surface tablets.

The one you’ve been hearing about so far is the Surface tablet with Windows RT – an OS that is designed to run tablet based apps on chips based on the ARM architecture.

 
Now, Microsoft has released more information about the flagship Surface tablet – Surface with Windows 8 Pro.
 
The Surface Pro has an impressive set of specs: 3rd Gen Intel Core i5 Processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000, along with 4GB RAM (Dual Channel). Like the Surface RT, the Pro has a 10.6 inch Cleartype HD display.
 
There are two 720p cameras (LifeCams) provided in the Pro, and there’s a pen given along for an alternative means of user input.
 
The battery life is outright terrible though – at around 4 hours, the Intel innards of the Pro don’t help whatsoever.
 
That brings me to the price of this new tablet – it’s a scarcely believable $899 for the basic 64 GB model, and $999 for the 128 GB one. What’s worse though is that this doesn’t include the price of the Touch/Type covers, making the Surface Pro’s credentials as a laptop-tablet hybrid take a hit.
 
What tops all this is that the Windows OS will take up roughly 20 GB of the total space in each model – that’s a huge hit on the already limited storage in both the models.
 
The Surface Pro has been long awaited because it was expected to be a true convergence device, unlike the Surface RT (or pretty much every tablet in the market currently).
 
It runs on an x86 architecture, which allows it to run classic, old school desktop-based legacy apps just like previous editions of Windows. But to say that its price and battery life seem to leave a lot to be desired would be an understatement.

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