Intel Says Haswell Will Extend Laptop Battery Life By 50%

Intel has just made one very, very big claim: it reckons that its new Haswell chip will boost the battery life of laptops by a staggering 50 per cent.

Intel's Architecture Group VP Rani Borkar is on the record as saying that laptops powered by Haswell will squeeze 50 per cent more runtime out of a battery, and go up to 20 times longer in standby or idle mode. All that, apparently, with no loss in performance. Those numbers are a massive leap, and supposedly come down to lower power requirements and a new power management chip that will help reduce the energy draw.

Of course, we'll have to wait and see whether those claims convert to real-world performance increases — because we all know that power consumption claims can sometimes be optimistic. If they're genuine though, then laptop battery life looks set for real and rapid boost. [Computer World via Engadget]

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