Intel has put up a section on their website about their vPro technology now available in those new Sandy Bridge series Core i5 and Core i7 processors. Now we all know that vPro is useful to large enterprises to remotely manage, secure and maintain company machines, and it’s not anything new; it was available on the first generation of Core i series processors, it has been available since the Core 2 series processors have been around… but what’s interesting (and what some readers call speculation worthy) here is the ability to manage “at higher resolutions, up to 1920 x 1200”. Now I’m sure most of us know not long ago, some details surfaced on the internet about Dell’s new mobile workstations, the 15 inch Precision M4600 and 17 inch Precision M6600, and one thing that triggered a lot of unrest is the Precision M6600 has been rumored to have gone the route of 16:9 ratio displays, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. And many have gone to speculate that HP and Lenovo (the two other “big players” that produce 17 inch Mobile Workstation notebooks and no, the 17 inch Apple MacBook Pro doesn’t count, theirs isn’t a workstation-class notebook) would also follow the suit.
But that’s just speculation, ain’t it? It appears that a new “camp” of users have recently spawned this week as a result of this Intel story – the counter-speculators who are now saying the 16:10 ratio display is not quite dead yet on 2011 models of 17 inch notebooks. So based on these grounds, the HP EliteBook 8760w, or whatever it will be called (and let’s drag in the rumored Lenovo ThinkPad W702 while we’re at this, okay?), may still sport a 16:10 ratio 1920 x 1200 display. Then again there’s always a possibility it might be 16:9 ratio instead (but won’t that be a waste of developing that 17 inch DreamColor 2 screen, the one that’s found on the current EliteBook 8740w?). Well, whatever the aspect ratio, I’m sure we’ll know for sure once an official announcement comes out one day.