Specific hardware and software required for claimed run time

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.

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