Surface Pro 64 GB version has only 23 GB free space – & 128 GB has 83 GB!

After the disappointing news that popped earlier about the Surface RT device consuming seemingly large amount of storage space leaving less-than-expected for consumers, the Surface Pro version also shares the same sob story.

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According to information available, Surface Pro 128 GB version will have 83 GB of free storage while the Surface Pro 64 GB version will sport a meagre 23 GB of free space. The rest of the space (45 GB and 41 GB respectively) is used up by the Windows 8 Pro OS, built-in apps etc.

Though this may not bring a smile upon consumers’ faces but Microsoft sure does allow them to expand their storage space through an external memory card. However, the fact that with a brand new Surface Pro device, around 35% of the storage space is already eaten up without a single download or install isn’t good news for ears.

Its younger sibling, Surface RT also consumes a sizeable chunk of storage space for the OS and in-built apps. The 32 GB version has approximately 16GB of free space while the 64 GB version features 45 GB as user-available space.

Surface RT has already been launched and is available in markets while Surface Pro will be launched across markets on February 9, 2013.

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