Microsoft May Launch External Battery for Surface Pro

The company could thus improve the autonomy of the device

By Bogdan Popa on February 7th, 2013 06:36 GMT

If there’s something that may scare users away when it comes to the Surface with Windows 8 Pro, it’s the battery life. Panos Panay, the man in charge with the Surface division at Microsoft, hinted that the Surface Pro battery could last for about 4 hours which isn’t quite good news for those seeking a great autonomy.

But according to the same executive, the new connectors found at the bottom of the Surface Pro may very well be used for future peripherals, which could include external battery packs.

“At launch we talked about the ‘accessory spine’ and hinted at future peripherals that can click in and do more. Those connectors look like can carry more current than the pogo pins, don't they?” Panay said in an AMA session on Reddit.

“That 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...”

The company has already confirmed that no docking station will be released of the Surface Pro, so it’s very likely to see an external battery compatible with the tablet anytime soon.
An external battery pack could make the Surface Pro a full-featured laptop
   An external battery pack could make the Surface Pro a full-featured laptop
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