Tablets are about to get a big boost in battery life

The next generation of tablets is going to blow earlier generations away in terms of battery life. IDG News, per CITE World, reports that Intel has started shipping its Haswell tablet processors that the company says will deliver up to 50% better battery life depending on usage. The new processors are particularly important for tablets running Windows 8 since they need to have strong batteries to run a full PC operating system on a light and thin form factor. IDG News says that Intel’s Core i3-4012Y processor “draws as little as 4.5 watts in specific tablet or mobile usage scenarios,” so the new Haswell processors could really be game-changers for tablets going forward.

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