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The ARM-based version of Microsoft Surface (features an NVDA chip) will cost more than $599, and...

The ARM-based version of Microsoft Surface (features an NVDA chip) will cost more than $599, and the Intel (INTC) version more than $799, according to sometimes-accurate Digitimes. The reported price for the ARM-based version would make challenging the iPad's dominance, not an easy thing to begin with, quite difficult. Separately, Computerworld's analysis of the battery info provided by Microsoft (MSFT) leads it to speculate Surface's battery life will be worse than the iPad's.
Comments (4)
  • The computerworld speculation about battery life is insanely stupid. The new iPad has much higher pixel density, which is why it has a much larger battery than iPad 2 but doesn't have longer battery life. There is no point comparing Surface to it.

     

    A comparison with iPad 2 makes more sense. BUT iPad 2 has a slightly smaller screen (about 10% smaller) than Surface. By this comparison, Surface should have approximately 15% higher battery life than iPad 2, not 25% higher. That would give Surface over 10 hours of battery life, more than good enough.

     

    At the end of the day, it is not really about battery capacity. Everything boils down to how effecicient the OS and hardware are.
    22 Jun 2012, 10:31 AM Reply Like
  • I suspect the reason for the battery speculation stems from the fact that traditionally Windows based tablets have hurt for battery life, primarily because of their Intel power requirements.

     

    What's most at issue it seems is not so much Windows versus iOS, vis a vis battery life, as it is Intel vs ARM and whether the 3rd gen Intel product will be competitive.

     

    But I generally agree that battery capacity will be a minor concern overall.
    22 Jun 2012, 11:05 AM Reply Like
  • Wintel comes from a history of bloated software and obscene power requirements. They moved basically that entire structure to laptops pretty much unchanged. With most laptops running windows you are lucky to get 5 hours of light use.

     

    I expect the ARM processors running RT are going to surprise on the upside on battery life mostly because they left all the legacy garbage behind. When they put all the garbage back on with the Intel chip in it I expect the battery life will be awful
    22 Jun 2012, 07:22 PM Reply Like
  • For the opposite opinion, try S/A article:
    http://seekingalpha.co...
    23 Jun 2012, 10:12 AM Reply Like
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