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Microsoft slashes Surface Pro tablet prices by $100

Ian Paul | Aug. 6, 2013
Microsoft is hoping to stoke desires for its Surface tablets with yet another discount, mere weeks after steeply slashing the price of the Surface RT tablet.

A good time for a discount

As the back-to-school season kicks off, Microsoft's Surface price cut comes at an opportune moment to convince more people to shell out at least $800 for the Surface Pro.

However, propping up sales with the back-to-school season may not be the only reason Microsoft is choosing a month-long sale for August. Microsoft is also expected to introduce new Surface models this fall that may coincide with the release of Windows 8.1.

A refreshed Surface RT, despite its struggles, is expected to show up with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip, while the Surface Pro should swap out its Ivy Bridge Core chips for the newer and more energy efficient Haswell Core processors. Most notably, upgrading to Haswell would improve the Surface Pro's mediocre 5 hour battery life.

Improved endurance would be a major improvement to the tablet-eque Surface Pro, as the vast majority of tablets utilize ARM or Intel Atom processors that enable eight to 10 hours of battery life. Those competing slates can't come close to matching the sheer oomph of the Surface Pro's Intel Core i5 CPU, however.

But the Pro is still a pricey proposition, especially if you're looking for portability over desktop program compatibility. Even with the price cut, the Surface Pro is still $100 more expensive than a Wi-Fi-only iPad with the same amount of storage.


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