Intel’s Architecture Group vice president Rani Borkar said earlier today laptops would be able to squeeze 50 percent more battery while running if they use the company’s Haswell chip, and today, we’re hearing of one of the first computers to incorporate Intel’s new chip.
Asus is announcing its new VivoBook V551 ultrabook that features and Intel Core i7-4500U Haswell CPU, a 15.6-inch display and an NVIDIA GeForce GT740M graphics card. The VivoBook V551 seems to have a nice-sized battery on it as it’s a 3-cell Li-Ion 65 Whr 4500mAh battery. It also comes with a DVD burner, which you don’t see many ultrabooks feature these days, although we’re curious how well its battery will perform with a DVD drive connected to it.
The Asus VivoBook’s resolution isn’t particularly high as its able to produce a 1366 x 768 resolution, which may look a bit underwhelming on its large 15.6-inch display. Its weight is also somewhat heavy coming in at 5.3lbs, although it’s understandable considering its screen, disc drive and additional components like its graphics card.
The VivoBook V551 is already available for order on a number of retailers, costing a little over $1,000, but at this point, there’s no word on when it’ll be made available.