HP to add 1600 x 900 high res display option to EliteBook Folio 9470m in March


This is just in – the EliteBook Folio 9470m business ultrabook is about to get better with an upcoming 1600 x 900 pixel high resolution display. The EliteBook Folio 9470m was announced almost 9 months ago in May 2012, but was only available for sale more recently in October. It has been stuck with a 14 inch 1366 x 768 panel since launch but will soon be available for order with a 1600 x 900 pixel display in March for an unknown price. Based on HP’s pricing history for display upgrade options, we’re going to guess this boost in resolution for screen productivity will cost you between $150 to $200 (but the lower the better, right?).

HP also quietly sneaked in details about the 1600 x 900 panel in the EliteBook Folio 9470m specifications sheet. The new high resolution panel is said to have a contrast ratio of 300:1 and brightness of 250 nit, which bodes well more productive uses of the machine and a decent experience if you plan on doing something like watch movies or play games on it. We speculate this could be the same panel used in the chunkier EliteBook 8470w as tested by Notebook Check.

This is fantastic news and creates a larger gap/differentiation (for me at least, looking to replace my dying 2008 EliteBook 2530p) between the more compact, recently announced EliteBook Revolve convertible tablet and the EliteBook Folio 9470m which has a larger screen, wider keyboard and support for dual SSD.

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  1. PerR January 15, 2013 Reply

    How can you say support for dual SSD?

    It’s one diskslot in 9470m, but if you have a spinning disk in the slot you can add a mSata drive in it. But adding a mSata drive if you have an SSD in the disk slot makes no sense.

    • Brad February 20, 2013 Reply

      You are correct, users who need such a setup are a small minority but they do exist. It does make sense if one plans to use the notebook out and about frequently, and needs additional storage without any risk of bumping a hard disk around while moving.

      For instance, I do use my notebook occasionally during photo/video production where I have to be out and about. I’m a bit paranoid but having a 2 x SSD setup would bring much more peace of mind than having a SSD + hard disk with moving parts.

  2. Gottardo February 20, 2013 Reply

    Hi Brad, thx for posting this. Did you find out more on the high res disply? I’m also looking to replace my 2530p. Only thing holding my back on the 9470m so far was the negative reviews of the panel. Our student shop is now offering the i7/2500SSD/1600×900 version for a reasonable price. But the specs only mention the resolution, and I couldn’t find any reviews on the new panel.

  3. Jason February 21, 2013 Reply

    Sort of a related question here if you don’t mind me asking it.

    I’m looking at buying an 8460 Elitebook that has a GREAT price compared to it’s original pricing (and is a new unopened machine too btw) but I’m concerned about the negative reviews for the screen quality on the 1366 x 768 screens.

    Looking at lower end models like the nost current HP 650 notebook they appear to have the same description for the screen.

    Is it possible that the lower end 2012 notebooks and the 2011 elitebooks are sharing the same screen hardware?

    My hope is that they do and I can see one for myself at Best Buy and judge if I am okay with the screen quality before I buy one.

    For the price I would get the 8460 at I could go out and buy a 22″ IPS monitor to hook it up to and still come out hundreds of dollars cheaper then a new elitebook.

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