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.