Intel: Haswell will offer 50% greater laptop battery life

Intel are gearing up to launch their new range of Core processors, code-named 'Haswell', at the start of next month, and according to Rani Borkar, corporate vice president of the Intel Architecture Group, the new chips will focus strongly on improving battery life. Borkar says that Intel's Haswell chips will offer 50% more battery life in laptops compared to their last-gen 'Ivy Bridge' predecessors, as the chips are designed with portable devices in mind.

The longer battery life of these chips won't come at a performance cost, despite Intel focusing on lower power consumption for the fourth-generation Core line. In idle or standby modes the chips will reportedly perform even better, with Borkar stating that the battery life improvements could be more than 20 times better.

For tablet use, the reduction of the lowest power consumption of a Haswell chip down to 7W means that Intel-powered tablets will have similar battery life to a "content consumption" device, although performance will be better, according to Intel. A number of measures have been taken to reduce the power consumption, such as an on-chip power management unit and a consolidation of voltage regulators, which will hopefully allow Haswell chips reach the 10-hour battery life Intel has flaunted in the past.

Source: Computerworld | Image via IDG

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This headline and the statement sound so good but the reality is less than half the headline. Still from all accounts the icore tablets should reach close to 8hrs now in conservative / powersaving modes. And Haswell and connected standby certainly mop up when it comes to idle or background drainage so if you set your expectations accordingly and account for the updated graphics all in all its a good update.

That being said, baytrail will be the next big thing for Windows tablet PC's.

Amazing how no one with pre launch samples can get 50% isn't it. I hope people don't fall for this BS.

In the real world with full voltage CPU's the power efficiency is on average about 10% better, but admittedly much better with ULV CPU's that you typically find in Ultrabook's. But with vendors installing higher resolution screens that require more power then you are back to IB battery performance levels.

Unfortunately, what You are saying is the bitter truth, as CPU is not the only component responsible for the battery drainage. Until we see some truly groundbreaking new tech coming form battery manufacturers, laptops, tablets, phones will have sad, sad battery life as they have it now.

The company that solves the battery problem, will become one of the most important tech companies in the world.

There's too much money to be made in selling batteries as a consumable replacement part which is why the advancements in battery tech have not been made. Obviously this is not specific to just notebooks, but battery technology in general.

Except that ARM devices have practically the same components as x86 devices... With the difference being the type of processor. And those two are exactly what we're comparing here.

Battery problem is already solved, the tech is just so freaking expensive. Unless you want to triple or more the price of these products, it will be some time before batteries will improve.

Lol MacBook. After using the Lenovo Yoga and Asus Taichi for a long time, i could never buy any laptop-like device without a touch screen. For desktop PC's touch is useless and you'd have to hold your arm out anyway. but for laptops it's great, even if it's just for scrolling web pages/UI. It's so much faster and more convenient for certain tasks.

Deadcode said,
Lol MacBook. After using the Lenovo Yoga and Asus Taichi for a long time, i could never buy any laptop-like device without a touch screen. For desktop PC's touch is useless and you'd have to hold your arm out anyway. but for laptops it's great, even if it's just for scrolling web pages/UI. It's so much faster and more convenient for certain tasks.
Yup, MacBook! We have an Asus touchscreen laptop here and I find it to be just as much a pain in the a s s as its desktop counterpart with Windows 8. I don't descriminate like all the hardcore Windows fans on this website. I have a Windows 7 gaming machine, a brand new 27inch iMac, 2 iPads, 2 iPhones, Galaxy Note 2, an Asus Windows 8 laptop, and a Kindle HD. We just appreciate fine gadgets and the MacBook Pro with retina is a fine machine.

Actually Desktop Touch is going to be Awesome. I have been working with several businesses that have been waiting for this in chip. Chiropractors, Doctors Offices, and Educational institutes All want these.

Once good Point of Sale (PoS) comes out for Windows 8, my retail clients will be all over it to.

I used to buy MacBooks, but I'm never buying a computer without a touch screen again. Apple will get my business again when they join the modern era of computers.

Looking forward to Computex on June 4th when they start showing off Haswell computers!!

Avatar Roku said,
Apple will get my business again when they join the modern era of computers.

Really! So because their beautiful retina displays aren't touch, they are not modern enough? GTFOH!

MikadoWu said,
Actually Desktop Touch is going to be Awesome. I have been working with several businesses that have been waiting for this in chip. Chiropractors, Doctors Offices, and Educational institutes All want these.

Once good Point of Sale (PoS) comes out for Windows 8, my retail clients will be all over it to.

Good post. I can defiantly see where touch would be quite handy for these businesses.

JHBrown said,

Really! So because their beautiful retina displays aren't touch, they are not modern enough? GTFOH!

No, it doesn't make up for their shortcomings. They are nowhere near ready for touch. And why does no Apple product include a Wacom digitizer? Not even the iPad?

rfirth said,

No, it doesn't make up for their shortcomings. They are nowhere near ready for touch. And why does no Apple product include a Wacom digitizer? Not even the iPad?

Obviously because no one wants a Stylus. Good old Stevie told us that when first announcing the iPhone.