At Computex 2019 Intel released more information about their Project Athena initiative, which is designed to improve the design and performance of ultrabooks by OEMs.
We already know Intel is aiming for at least 9 hours of real-world battery life, that is browsing the web with the screen actually with at least 250 nits brightness, vs playing local video with the screen nearly off, which does not represent a real-life test.
At Computex Intel also announced a number of other Key Experience Indicators.
Project Athena laptops will also need to wake from sleep in under a second, be ready to browse the web in under two seconds (via connected standby), be responsive on battery power , feature touch screens and precision touchpads, Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, at least RAM (8GB) and at least 256Gb NVMe solid-state storage.
Intel plans to test laptops to ensure they measure up to the standard and will offer OEMs early access to technology such as low power screens to help them meet the goal. Unfortunately, laptops which meet the standard will not have any consumer-facing certification, meaning users will not know if an ultrabook is an Athena laptop without going to the OEM’s website. This may change in the future, however.
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Via The Verge