The first laptops based on Intel's Project Athena are expected in the second half of this year. About ten models are in the works, these will form a new class of advanced systems with enhanced battery life, performance, and connectivity, as well as special looks. Project Athena laptops are expected to have a price range of $800 to $2,000, depending on the specifications.
Project Athena promises nine hour of real-world battery life, based on a more realistic test that involves decent screen brightness and wireless browsing with multiple applications running in the background. This will be achieved by working with the ecosystem to select and develop more energy efficient components. Each system will also feature a solid state disk instead of a hard disk drive to ensure Project Athena systems feel very snappy.
Project Athena, unveiled at the CES 2019, aims to bring to market a new class of advanced laptops with enhanced performance, battery life and connectivity, co-engineered with partners across the ecosystem and available with Windows and Chrome operating systems in addition to stylish exterior appearance designs.
In response to possible fewer differentiations among diverse branded notebooks adopting uniform specs of components, Newman said that Intel will relay the list of suppliers of components meeting Intel's Athena requirements to brand vendors for reference and the vendors can still adjust their overall designs in accordance with their product development projects to roll out innovative notebook models that can better cater to user experience.
Firms working with Intel on Project Athena include Acer, Asus, Pegatron, Quanta, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, Google, Samsung, Sharp, Huawei and Xiaomi. More details at DigiTimes.