When the Microsoft Surface RT was announced with a choice of 32GB or 64GB internal storage, more than a few eyebrows were raised. A 16GB Microsoft Surface would inevitably be cheaper, and the Nexus 7 (initially) stooped to 8GB.
Now we know exactly why the Microsoft Surface RT starts at 32GB, namely because the OS and related files take up a whopping 16GB storage.
Yep, when you shell out for a 32GB Microsoft Surface, you’re really only getting 16GB internal storage to play with.
The other half is reserved for Windows RT, Microsoft Office, system files, and Windows recovery tools and the like.
Meanwhile, users of the 64GB Microsoft Surface take an 18GB hit, leaving 46GB internal storage to use as they please.
Of course, the Microsoft Surface supports external storage in the form of microSD and USB, so it's not the end of the world.
And losing a few GB is to be expected. For examples, on my third gen not-so-“new” iPad, I have access to 28GB of the 32GB total. But Microsoft has possibly set some sort of record.
It’s all the more surprising when you remember we’re talking about the Microsoft Surface RT, which runs a supposedly stripped down version of Windows 8.
The Intel-fuelled Microsoft Surface Pro with full-fat Windows 8 will follow… at some point.
via: The Verge