Microsoft Surface With Windows 8 Pro Pricing and Battery Life Announced

Surface with Windows 8 ProMicrosoft has announced pricing for the Surface tablet with Windows 8 Pro and an Intel processor, and as expected, it’s priced more like an ultrabook computer than a tablet.

The Surface with Windows 8 Pro will be available for $899 for the 64 GB model and $999 for the 128 GB. The tablet will include a digitizer pen, but not a cover. The Touch Cover and Type Cover options will be sold separately. Microsoft says the tablet will go on sale in January, but hasn’t specified a date.

Compared to the Surface RT tablet, the Pro model is both thicker and heavier, at 2 pounds and 0.53 inches thick, compared to the RT’s 1.5 pounds and 0.37 inches. It also has a higher resolution screen, 1920×1080, compared to the RT’s 1366×768.

With the higher resolution, Intel Core i5 chip, and ability to run full Windows computer applications it promises to be more computer-like, but that comes with an un-tablet-like drawback – the Surface with Windows 8 Pro will only deliver about half the battery life of the RT tablet, meaning about 4.5 hours. Despite a larger battery on the Pro (42 W-h compared to 31.5 W-h), that big Intel chip will be using a lot more power than the ARM processor in the RT.

What do you think about the power and weight/size tradeoffs? Do you view this as a very trim computer, or a bloated power-hungry tablet? Do you plan to buy one, and if so, how do you plan to use it? Let us know in the comments.


  1. Capt_Murphy says

    This is targeted at me and I can’t wait to get my hands on one! A full i5 PC with me everywhere I go weighing less than 2lbs. How does anyone not think this is incredible? How does anyone not see this as the future of almost everything within 5yrs? It’s probably a bit of a stretch using the i5 instead of the next gen Haswell which is really made for this type of application but I’ll take a taste of the future today if I can get it. I don’t see a similarity between Surface Pro and iPad besides the fact the somewhat resemble each other…

  2. says

    Hmm… Is it an “UltraTablet” ? Actually seems like a useful micro-laptop, if you get the keyboard cover (which is, what, $130 ?). This means it is priced like a notebook and will work like one, but is ULTRA portable (is “ultra” the new “awesome” ?)

    • James says

      It’s a compromise between mobile and portable usage devices. They specifically chose 10.6″ for the screen size because of that balance.

      Since anything larger than 10″ is generally considered too big for mobile usage, or at least long periods of tablet usage in which you would hold the device with your hands, versus the opposite consideration of anything smaller than 11.6″ being considered too small for productivity.

      So the Surface is basically intended as a compromise solution to fit those who want an all in one solution, instead of the present solution of carrying multiple device combinations, like a small tablet and laptop combo for example.

      Work flow and usage isn’t ideal for all usages but it reasonably can let you do everything and with a docking station you could always expand for full desktop usage.

      Students, business people, and people who just want something they can carry easily while traveling would all fit the idea consumer for this device.