Intel aims to extend mobile battery life with low-power display tech

Intel aims to extend mobile battery life with low-power display tech

Intel aims to extend mobile battery life with low-power display tech

Battery life has always been the curse of mobile computing, with screen acting as a constant drain on your batteries, especially in areas where high levels of screen brightness are a must. 

During their Computex Press Conference, Intel made a surprise announcement that promised to deliver mobile OPC users 4-8 hours of additional battery life by using a technology called “Intel Low Power Technology”, using a 1W display to increase the usability of mobile computing devices. 

The displays in question were designed thanks to a collaboration between Innolux and Sharp, with Intel claiming that end users would not be able to tell the difference between these low power displays and their existing counterparts, even when looking at resolution and brightness. 

When testing a Dell XPS 13, Intel found that a notebook using “Intel Low Power” technology was able to loop video for 25 hours before losing power, whereas an identical notebook with s standard display was only able to complete to loop video for 15 hours. 

Intel aims to extend mobile battery life with low-power display tech

(Future notebooks could offer a much longer battery life)

  
The main downside of this technology is that it required system vendors to use an Intel processor, presumably eliminating systems that make use of Geforce or Radeon graphics chips, making this technology usable exclusively on Intel-only systems, making the technology most viable in the low-power ultrabook market. 

Intel’s low power display technology is an exciting prospect for the notebook market, allowing consumers to purchase units with a longer battery life and seemingly no downsides. That being said, Intel’s new 1W displays will need to be tested by third parties before Intel’s claims of indistinguishable differences in brightness and resolution can be believed. 

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