HP has announced a fast-charging laptop battery that promises to last at least three years without any degradation in performance, according to InfoWorld.
The "Sonata" battery, as it is called, will be an option on HP's laptops, and is the product of three years of development work by Boston-Power. It will be rebranded by HP as the "Enviro" battery and offered starting in early 2009 on select laptops. The battery will cost an extra $20 to $30 over a standard model, and will initially only be available in North America.
The battery can be charged to 80 percent of capacity in 30 minutes and will go 1,000 charges
before the battery's capacity begins degrading. In other words, this battery might outlast your laptop (common laptop batteries today start to degrade after 300 charges).
HP is backing up the longer-life promise with a 3-year warranty.
Gallery: Boston-Power's 'Sonata' battery