The Microsoft Surface Pro is more powerful than your typical tablet, thanks to an Intel Core i5-3317U processor. But it’s literally more powerful – meaning not only do you get better performance, but you also see quicker battery drain.
While the Surface Pro has a bigger battery than the Surface RT tablet with its NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, it gets less than half the battery life.
But it looks like Microsoft may be planning to support new accessories that will extend the tablet’s battery life.
In a Q&A on Reddit, members of the surface team confirmed that there are new connectors on the bottom of the Surface Pro – and they can carry enough current to charge the battery.
In other words, you don’t have to use the power jack to charge the tablet. You can also charge it using the connectors in the spine where you would normally attach the Touch Cover or Type Cover keyboards.
That means you could attach an Asus Transformer Pad or HP Envy X2-style keyboard with a built-in battery so that the tablet can run off the keyboard’s battery. This could effectively double the battery life of the Surface Pro, which reportedly gets around 3 to 5 hours of run time, depending on what you’re doing with the device.
Of course, that sort of keyboard cover would also be thicker and heavier than the current options — but even with an extra battery, the Surface Pro would probably be thinner and lighter than many ultrabooks.
It’s not clear if Microsoft plans to offer any new keyboard covers or if the company simply paved the way for third-party accessories.
The Microsoft Surface Pro goes on sale February 9th for $899 and up. Keyboard covers and other accessories are sold separately.
via The Verge