Imagine a brand new tablet that charges completely in 3 hours and lasts up to 4 hours only before running on empty. Horrible, right? It turns out that the upcoming Microsoft Surface Pro tablet may have a big problem with its battery life. Sadly, its battery life is actually worse off than Surface RT. According to a tweet from Microsoft’s Surface Twitter account, the Surface Pro will last half as long on a charge as compared to the Surface RT tablet (runs with Windows RT, which is a broken concept). This came in response to one user, who asked Microsoft about the tablet’s battery life.
Here’s the tweet from the company:
What does that mean? In fact, the Surface RT tablet lasts up to 8 hours on a single charge (some reports say that it will give you 9-10 hours if you’re browsing the web, using apps, and play games). So, Surface Pro has got a less-than stellar battery life and it will only last about 4 hours before you need to charge it (or expect it to max-out around 5 hours). Surface Pro comes with 42.5Wh battery, while the Surface RT has got a low powerful 31.5Wh battery. In case you don’t know, it will be powered by Intel Coe i5 processor inside, and it will ship with a 10-inch display 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution (which needs more power to shine brightly) and it runs Windows 8 Pro OS. Earlier today, we reported the tablet will arrive in January, priced at $899 for 64GB, and 128 GB edition will retail at $999 and these prices won’t include both the Touch Covers and Type Cover.
This is indeed a biggest disappointment for the users who are looking forward to purchase the Surface Pro tablet when it becomes available. What would they do with a tablet, which comes with less battery life than any other decent competitor? Both the iPad 3 and iPad 4 (with Retina display) boast respectable spec sheets, alongside the great feature sets, and deliver up to 10 hours of “average” use on a single charge.
On the other side, we’ve also heard that Voice over LTE (VoLTE) could slash a handset’s battery life by 50%. Fierce Wireless confirmed this report after using an unspecified handset, which is capable of supporting both CDMA and VoLTE voice calling on a network in two major markets in the U.S. Earlier, Verizon Wireless has confirmed its VoLTE plans for its next generation voice network. This feature allows simultaneous voice and data usage over LTE network and Verizon is planning to route all voice and video calls, text messages, and data packets over its LTE network.