Microsoft's Surface for Windows 8 Pro has just been priced and dated for release by Microsoft, and to summarise we're talking “expensive” and “in January”, neither of which is too much of a surprise, to be honest.
But while that $899 (starting) price gives you a fair bit more than the cheaper Surface for Windows RT in most areas, one disappointing exception to the rule is battery life.
Microsoft has revealed via Twitter that the higher-end Surface will only offer “approximately half” the battery life of the RT-based model, which – depending on who you listen to – equates to somewhere between three and a quarter and five hours.
That the Windows 8 Pro edition of Microsoft's debut tablet has a higher power draw is a no-brainer – the Intel i5 chip, premium HD screen and the demands of Windows 8 Pro itself are just three of the more obvious features that take more juice to run.
But while Microsoft has stuck in a bigger battery to compensate, the jump from 31.5W to 42W clearly isn't making enough of a difference.
But considering that ball-park battery life estimate hardly makes the Surface for Windows 8 Pro a massive gas-guzzler compared to its immediate rivals, it still comes across as a fairly major compromise on a device whose entire billing is centred around being uncompromising.