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Surface Pro bashed for battery, storage. Microsoft responds.

Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet is a full-featured machine – and it eats battery life like one, too. 

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The Microsoft Surface Pro tablet.

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As testers have discovered in recent days, the Surface Pro runs out of juice after about four or five hours, give or take. (By comparison, the Apple iPad, one of the chief Surface Pro competitors on the tablet side, can go up to 10 hours without a charge.) 

The good news: Microsoft may be mulling the release of some battery-extending hardware. In an AMA over at Reddit (hat tip to PC Mag), Panos Panay, who heads the Surface division at Microsoft, discussed "future peripherals that can click in and do more." 

A precondition for those peripherals, he said, "would require extending the design of the accessory spine to include some way to transfer higher current between the peripheral and the main battery. Which we did...."

As Jared Newman of PC World notes, Mr. Panay is probably referring to the new connector plates at the bottom of the Surface Pro. 

So yes, don't count out the possibility of some more battery life for the Surface Pro just yet. 

Here's Mr. Newman again: 

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