Alert: HP Envy 17, Envy 14, Elitebook 2540p and 2740p in the pipeline

Screenshot from search results: Elitebook 2540p and 2740p, etc listed on HP's website

Spotlight: One of our readers, Dana, has tipped us off about Elitebook 2540p and Elitebook 2740p in the works after spotting a new 9-cell battery available for a “2540p” model on a HP Korea website (Update: I can’t seem to access the page Dana posted, but HP has updated thier list of “notebooks supporting Windows 7” to include the new Elitebook 2540p and 2740p models).

16:9 displays on Elitebooks: It is currently known that HP’s smaller Elitebook models: the ultra-portable 12 inch Elitebook 2540p, 12 inch tablet PC Elitebook 2740p and medium-sized 14 inch Elitebook 8440p/8440w, will all sport 16:9 widescreen displays which may put a little crinkle on foreheads of people hoping for 16:10 displays. However, thank goodness it seems that HP will maintain 16:10 displays for their larger Elitebooks. If you think of it this way, 16:9 displays with a resolution of 1366 x 768 is slightly wider than current 16:10, 1280 x 800 displays, while sacrificing a mere 32 pixels of vertical reading space. For people frequently opening two programs side by side, this is great news. For those fretting about “scrolling and reading” web pages and documents, well, I can’t change HP’s minds. But you can always look for the “Go fullscreen” option in your browser or program (F11 for Firefox).

Elitebook 8740w news: We have also received confirmation that the HP Elitebook 8740w (17 inch Mobile Workstation) will sport a 16:10 LCD display just like its predecessor, the current 8730w. This comes after Dana found a 16:10 privacy filter (but 15.4 inch? Probably a typo by someone there) with product number AJ358AA for a certain 8740w model. Joy to the world! Looks like potential desktop replacement/mobile workstation buyers WILL get their 1680 x 1050 and 1920 x 1200 extra large displays after all (what did I tell you?! Told you HP won’t do away with 16:10 displays on their 8740w, not when they’ve spent so much effort developing the 17 inch DreamColor panel for 2008’s 8730w).

Envy 14 and Envy 17 listed in document found on HP Korea

Envy 14 and Envy 17: If you liked the Envy 15 notebook but crave for a bigger display, more graphics power and bigger everything, then good news, this document located on HP Korea’s website (don’t worry, the title is Korean but oddly, the text and content of the Excel file is in English; scroll to the very right side to view the new models) reveals that they’re planning for an Envy 14 and Envy 17. Not much is known about the two models now other than their screen sizes: 14 inches and 17 inches respectively. I can, however, make an intelligent/educated guess that the Envy 17 will have a 1080p full HD 1920 x 1080 display while the Envy 14 is likely to “recycle” and share the Elitebook 8440w’s 1600 x 900 panel.

HP Compaq CQ42, CQ62, G42 and G62; Mini 210: The same document listing the Envy 14 and Envy 17 above also show that HP has new stuff for those with smaller wallets and lower budgets for their next notebook. Introducing the new Compaq Presario CQ42/G42 and CQ62/G62 models. As far as I know, the two different names (G and CQ) are just used in different regions/parts of the world, but the notebooks themselves *should* be the same. The HP Mini 210 also makes its appearance in the document, confirming the info posted before Christmas about the Mini 200 series debut from a trusted source.

Probook 6440b and Probook 6540b: Here’s something that most people would overlook. Don’t assume these are the same as the existing Probook 6445b and Probook 6545b on HP’s Probook page. They’re not! I been observing HP’s naming conventions with their notebooks and the last digit indicates the processor used in their business notebooks. “0 (Zero)” used as the last digit equates to an Intel processor, while “5” points to AMD processor.  The 6440b and 6540b are likely to be the same as their “6x45b” siblings except they will sport Intel’s processors, most likely Core i3.

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  1. Chema P. December 29, 2009 Reply

    Thanks for the news! I’m still waiting for confirmation about “Night Light” support on the 8740w 🙂

  2. Dana December 29, 2009 Reply

    Hmm, going to 16:9 can be considered either good or bad… going from 1920×1200 to 1920×1080 (on 15 inches) means I’d lose 120 rows of pixels, which rather sucks. This is especially bad for non-dpi-aware software such as Rollercoaster Tycoon 3, which would no longer fit on the screen with a virtualized 1024×768 resolution.

    16:9 aspect ratio also means you get a numeric keypad on 15.4″ — but at the expense of the laptop being wider — picture trying to fit the thing on one of those annoying college arm-desks.

  3. Chris December 29, 2009 Reply

    Just as an FYI, the G/CQ are not region specific naming conventions. The G series would be the HP branded budget workstation/laptop, whereas the CQ is the actual Compaq Presario line.

    • Brad December 30, 2009 Reply

      Hi Chris. That’s odd. As far as I know, the G-series are HP branded, but they also seem to be available in North America. The CQ series on the other hand, are very similar models (same notebook casing?) which are sold mostly in Asia and Europe. Also, the G series are not budget “workstations”, they’re just pure cheap notebooks.

  4. Anonymous January 16, 2010 Reply

    I am not sure if anyone noticed, but after a quick Bing search, you also come to this site:

    which specifies “The designated HP 2740p tablet is not scheduled to be manufactured until Spring 2010”, which may help indicate the release date.

  5. Brad January 16, 2010 Reply

    Hi anonymous, thanks a bunch for the tip. Something tells me we’re going to see education institutes and students get one of the first few new Elitebooks then…

  6. JC February 13, 2010 Reply

    I just bought the Envy 17… I’VE GOT A NUMBER PAD!!!

    The Windows 7 deal? I don’t know yet. I’VE GOT A NUMBER PAD

  7. Rbennett April 19, 2010 Reply

    I hope they fixed the heat issue with the Envy & i7 processors. I also hope it come with a backlit keyboard and a better graphics card like a ATI 5870m. The 5870 my be a bit much in that thin case though. Wishfull thinking.

  8. james braselton May 6, 2010 Reply

    hi there found out that all these new moiodels will have ssd options the envy 14 inch will have a 256 gb ssd the envy 17 320 gb or 2 160 gb ssd’s and the other 2 should have big large capacity ssd solid state flash drives and all three macbook pros have upgraded ssd capacity too 512 gb ssd just like the toshiba R-600

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