It feels like an awfully long time since we last heard from the rumor mill. This latest one comes from a Chinese forum where a poster claims to have seen photos of the next-generation HP EliteBook 8780w during a private meeting. He/she confirms that the EliteBook 8780w will be the next 17 inch Mobile Workstation from HP and that it will sport huge vents, presumably for better cooling, and dual hard disk bays.
Said individual also comments the notebook has been redesigned and now has styling cues of notebooks from the HP Compaq nw8000 era (which was way back in 2004!) with more rounded edges and a sleeker profile. There were no photos posted due to NDA, but the poster mentioned that news should break in 3-4 months’ time, which would put an announcement sometime in May or June 2013.
The design change isn’t a big surprise as HP seems to do a redesign every 2 generations (EliteBook 8730w and 8740w looked similar except for color; EliteBook 8760w and 8770w look identical) and such a redesign is indeed due for this year’s EliteBook models; but what does intrigue us is what the notebook will actually look like…
If you looked closely, it seems HP has a design trend pattern too:
- HP 8710w (Chunky look)
- 2008: HP EliteBook 8730w (Sleek look)
- 2011: HP EliteBook 8760w (Chunky look)
- 2013: HP EliteBook 8780w with potentially sleek look?
It would seem odd that the vent size has been increased in the rumored 8780w, as a recent review of the EliteBook 8770w finds that heat dissipation on the outgoing model is pretty remarkable, though on the noisy side with intensive tasks. But perhaps the actual focus here is to cut down on fan noise by reducing heat via improved cooling.
With this supposed sighting of the EliteBook 8780w, the biggest model of the bunch, it is probably safe to assume that its usual smaller siblings exist as well. So we should expect a 14 inch EliteBook 8480w and 15 inch EliteBook 8580w to be in the wild as well.
Special thanks to my friend Evon for the translations.