We previously reported that Microsoft’s new Surface Pro tablet is set to launch on February 9th, starting at $900 for a 64GB model – but that 64GB isn’t quite what it seems. Earlier today, Microsoft revealed that their 64GB Surface Pro only has about 25GB of storage free out of the box. Windows 8 must be a seriously bloated mess of an operating system.
Microsoft’s statement in its entirety (via Engadget):
The 128 GB version of Surface Pro has 83 GB of free storage out of the box. The 64GB version of Surface Pro has 23GB of free storage out of the box. Of course, Surface Pro has a USB 3.0 port for connectivity with almost limitless storage options, including external hard drives and USB flash drives.
Surface also comes pre-loaded with SkyDrive, allowing you to store up to 7GB of content in the cloud for free. The device also includes a microSDXC card slot that lets you store up to 64GB of additional content to your device.
Customers can also free up additional storage space by creating a backup bootable USB and deleting the recovery partition.
True. you can always plug a USB storage device into the device – but that’s still a horrific amount of bloat on the tablet, and seriously affects it’s consumer value. Yikes! For $100 less than Microsoft’s 64GB Surface Pro, you could pick up a new 128GB iPad. Microsoft’s sure gonna sell a lot of these, right?! RIGHT?!