According to what Intel have been telling PC World Australia, their new Haswell mobile based notebooks will offer 50% higher battery life than the Ivy Bridge equivalents. Rani Borkar, corporate vice president and general manager of the Intel Architecture Group, told PC World Australia that Haswell architecture had been design specifically with laptops and tablets in mind and was designed mainly to reduce power consumption. Indeed if you check our news detailing the performance of a Haswell i5 4670K based on a review from China, then you will see Haswell performs only 6% better than Ivy Bridge with the same clock speeds yet has dramatically lowered power consumption of around 17% less under full load and 21% less in a wide range of usage scenarios.
This improved battery life doesn’t come at the expense of performance and most of the gain comes in idle or standby mode where battery life is up to 20 times better than Ivy Bridge thanks to Haswell’s new C6 and C7 sleep states. These new improvements to battery life are going to be vital for Intel to produce better Ultrabooks and gain some traction in the tablet processor market where currently x86 processors are let down by poor power consumption.
What are your thoughts on 50% more battery life with Haswell mobile? Could you be tempted to grab a Haswell mobile based Ultrabook/Notebook/Tablet now?
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