SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. -- HP plans to offer as an optional upgrade for some consumer notebooks a new kind of lithium ion battery that charges faster than regular batteries and lasts three times longer.
The battery is made by Boston-Power, which announced iut as the Sonata battery. HP will re-brand the battery as the
Conventional batteries offer roughly 300 charge cycles before becoming useless. The Sonata, or Enviro, promises 1,000. HP will sell the Enviro with a three-year warranty.
The new battery should allow an 80-percent charge in thirty minutes, which is better performance compared with conventional lithium ion batteries.
HP has not announced pricing.