Intel's 'Low Power Display Technology' could solve your laptop battery life woes


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Tired of draining your laptop battery mere hours after you've fully charged it? If so, you certainly aren't alone.

Whether you use a gaming machine or a standard notebook, most laptop owners have run into battery life problems on more than one occasion.

However, good news could be on the horizon now.

At Computex 2018 this week, Intel said it's working on a new type of notebook display panel, which utilizes something the company calls "Low Power Display Technology." The technology will supposedly only draw a single watt of power from a given laptop's battery.

According to PCWorld, this technology could increase a given device's battery life by as much as "four to eight hours."

It seems likely that some compromises will need to be made for LDPT to become a reality but it's tough to say where they might lie. The images we've seen of Intel's prototype devices so far don't give us an accurate idea of how much LDPT has negatively impacted their picture quality, if it's indeed had any effect at all.

That said, PCWorld says LPDT doesn't seem to change much about the displays on a fundamental level. The outlet reports the prototype devices' brightness looked about the same as any other consumer notebook, at about 350 nits.

If you're eager to get your hands on a device with LDPT, it sounds like you won't have to wait long. Intel says the first devices with this technology built-in will hit the shelves of your nearest electronics retailer as soon as this holiday season. Intel hasn't released any information regarding the devices' potential pricing as of writing.

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Pretty sure bigger batteries could solve that issue tbh
FTFY. Modern technology is amazingly energy efficient. Laptops get the same battery life now out of 40-50WH batteries they got out of 100WH batteries 10 years ago. But for some reason, we keep making the same things smaller. You used to be able to buy latitude business machines with 130WH of batteries, with another 100 available as a slice, but modern ones only allow up to 62WH. If we put 100WH batteries in laptops again, we could get truly insane runtimes, perhaps over 24 hours on a charge, with current technology. We just need to stop prioritizing thinness over utility.
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I'm guessing this is solving NO ONE'S current laptop battery woes.
If you own a laptop right now... guess what? It's not helping you one bit.

Hopefully it's not like G-Sync where they add $100 - $200 to the laptop for this.


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The problem is increasing demands while the battery gets smaller each year. Battery life would increase if our demands didn't. Look at the computing power of laptops over the last 20 years. Now take your phone and connect it to a laptop battery to see how long it last. It is not the screen that is the problem, it is how we continuously ask more out of our devices.

We could also loose weight, by not eating as much. But who wants to do that?
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Look for the bottom line...there you'll find your answers. They may not be what you like, but they'll be there.

There is no spoon...