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Sony Touts 25 Hour Battery Life For Haswell-Equipped Vaio Pro 154

Posted by samzenpus
from the all-day-long dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Sony claims that both the new 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch models of its Haswell-equipped Vaio Pro ultrabooks are the world's lightest. The 11.6-inch model weighs in at 1.9lb (0.87k , where as the 13.3-incher is a little heavier at just 2.33lb (1.06kg). But it's the battery life on offer here that really makes the new Pros stand out. The 11.6-inch Vaio Pro offers 11 hours of battery life as standard, while the 13.3-inch achieves 8 hours. However, Sony is also offering a sheet battery you can connect to the base of the ultrabooks. On the 13.3-inch Pro that increases battery life to 18 hours, but on the 11.6-inch you get a true day-long amount of juice with 25 hours of battery life claimed."
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Sony Touts 25 Hour Battery Life For Haswell-Equipped Vaio Pro

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  • Re:Waiting for Apple (Score:5, Interesting)

    by smash (1351) on Thursday June 06, 2013 @12:02AM (#43921295) Homepage Journal

    Pressure will be on Nvidia (or AMD) for the next one to improve GPU power consumption no doubt.

    Yes, GPU switching helps, but there's still a bunch of dumb stuff which enables the high end GPU under OS X, and you'll see battery life literally HALVE as soon as that happens - even if the machine is mostly idle. At least thats my experience with my 2011 MBP 15".

    Sure, more intelligent GPU switching improvements will help, but haswell will make the higher end GPUs a lot "more expensive" (relative to total machine power draw) to drive and make said GPU switching even more important.

  • Re:Waiting for Apple (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Molochi (555357) on Thursday June 06, 2013 @02:31AM (#43922035)

    The interesting thing will be what Apple chooses for the Mac Book Pro refresh. The Haswell Iris Pro is pretty darn close to the NV 650m in the current MBP and the NV 750M is probably only going to be about 40% faster than it. Not much point there. So either do without or build a MBP that can handle a hotter, more powerful card.

Parts that positively cannot be assembled in improper order will be.

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