HP made an announcement today that should help solve mobile warriors’ biggest enemy -- battery life. HP says that its EliteBook 6930p when configured with an optional ultra-capacity battery and other options will run for a full 24 hours on a single charge.
HP says that is enough run time for the longest airline flight in the world -- the Newark Liberty International Airport to Singapore Changi Airport flight taking 18 hours and 40 minutes -- on one single battery charge.
The ultra-capacity battery isn’t all that is needed to get 24 hours of use form the EliteBook. HP says that you also need to be running Windows XP, the latest Intel graphics drivers, and a special HP BIOS on the software side. HP is very specific on the hardware needs as well. The system has to be running HPs Illumi-Lite LED display and the new Intel 80GB SSD.
The HP Illumi-Lite LED display is slated for launch in October and HP claims that the display alone increased battery life by 4 hours compared to a traditional LCD. The new Intel SSD is also credited with improving battery life by 7%.
HP says that the runtime claim is verified on an industry standard benchmark, but doesn't specify what that benchmark is. HP also says that the resting doesn't demonstrate the fitness for the system for U.S. Department of Defense contracts for military use.
HP's Ted Clark said in a statement, "All-day computing has been the holy grail of notebook computing. With the HP EliteBook 6930p, customers no longer have to worry about their notebook battery running out before their work day is over."
If this long run time could be achieved using batteries like the ones from Boston-Power that recharge in 30 minutes, it would truly be a revolution in battery powered notebooks.
quote: 14.1-inch diagonal WXGA anti-glare (1280 x 800 resolution)14.1-inch diagonal Illumi-Lite LED WXGA anti-glare (1280 x 800 resolution)14.1-inch diagonal WXGA+ anti-glare (1440 x 900 resolution) Ambient Light SensorHP 12-Cell Ultra-Capacity Battery (EJ092UT) - Price: $189.00As measured by an industry-standard benchmark, the new HP EliteBook 6930p configured with an optional ultra-capacity battery delivered up to 24 hours of battery runtime.(1)(1) Requires separately purchased Ultra Capacity Battery and customer download of the latest Intel graphics driver and HP BIOS. Notebook must be configured with optional Intel 80 GB SSD drive and HP Illumi-Lite LED Display (planned to be available October 2008) and requires Microsoft Windows® XP operating system. Battery life will vary depending on the product model, configuration, loaded applications, features, and power management settings. The maximum capacity of the battery will decrease with time and usage.
quote: We talked about the new features on the 2730p and the 2530p, but the info that leads this post is that on the HP EliteBook 6930p, HP is going to begin touting 24 hour battery life shortly. According to Jeremy, this comes from continuing advances that HP is making in improving battery life, but is also due in great part to including the new Intel SSDs that have just been announced at IDF . Jeremy says that in his opinion the the advances with this new round of SSDs are certainly worth the price differential. Without the Intel SSD they are looking at claims of 15 hours of battery life, so that’s quite a jump. I asked Jeremy if he was ready to take the heat by making a claim of 24 hour battery life, and after a chuckle, he said he was.
quote: HP says that is enough run time for the longest airline flight in the world -- the Newark Liberty International Airport to Singapore Changi Airport flight taking 18 hours and 40 minutes -- on one single battery charge.