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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

June 22, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Surface rumors surfacing: WiFi only, battery life and pricing

Surface.jpgMicrosoft introduced the Surface Monday, garnering huge buzz for the tablets that will be the first-ever Microsoft-made Windows computing devices.

But the company was vague on key details including battery life, price and whether the devices will be WiFi only or also have 3G or super-fast 4G LTE connectivity.

It appears Surface will initially be sold with WiFi only, according to a Bloomberg report, citing “two people familiar with the matter.”

Computerworld, meanwhile, made some estimates for Surface’s battery life, basing its estimate on what’s known about Surface’s specs versus comparable devices. It concluded the Surface tablets’ battery life may not match the iPad’s. Computerworld’s analysis is here.

Rumors are also circulating about price. At Monday’s event, Microsoft said only that the Surface RT (the version of the tablet that will run on ARM-based processors and the most direct competition to the iPad) will be priced comparably to other similar tablets, and that Surface Pro (the version that will run on Intel-based processors) will be priced comparably to ultrabooks.

Now, DigiTimes, a Taiwan-based publication that has provided sometimes accurate, sometimes not tech supply-side tidbits, reports that Microsoft has outsourced assembly of its tablet to Pegatron Technology. And, citing “sources from notebook players,” DigiTimes says Surface RT will sell for above $599 and Surface Pro will sell for above $799.

And there’s what appears to be a mini-review of the Surface — or at least its design — on Techradar. (It doesn’t review how Surface actually performs because Microsoft has not issued review units yet. And the company allowed only limited hands-on time with the devices during the event. Media were not allowed to type on the keyboards with the tablet turned on, for instance.)

Also making the rounds: a video of an awkward hiccup during the proceedings when Surface crashed while Windows President Steven Sinofsky was making his presentation:

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In case you want to watch it, the full Surface keynote presentation is here.

(Photo of Surface from Microsoft. Video of Surface crash moment from YouTube user MonitorUrbano)

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