Rumor: HP ZBook 15 and ZBbook 17, new design for Haswell EliteBooks, 10 inch Android tablet coming

It’s that time of the year again; there was word earlier this week about Lenovo coming out with new Intel Haswell-equipped ThinkPad models. But it appears the rumor mill has churned out a little something for fans of HP as well.

The first tidbit comes from the same Chinese forum that brought word about next-generation EliteBook Workstation models sporting big air vents. At least four business-class laptops have been named, along with a change in naming convention: The rumored EliteBook 8480p and 8580p (more accurately, successors to the EliteBook 8470p and 8570p models) will supposedly be renamed to HP EliteBook 840 G1 and EliteBook 850 G1 respectively. HP first introduced the three-digit number naming convention earlier this year with the EliteBook “Revolve” 810 so it is plausible that future models will adopt a similar naming scheme. It can also be speculated that future models would carry the same “EliteBook 840″ and “EliteBook 850″ name, but with G2, G3, G4, etc denoting different generations (model years)… sounds kind of similar to what Apple does and a good way to build up model name recognition.

The same forum topic speaks of rebranding of HP’s mobile workstation notebooks (rumored to become HP ZBOOK; a trademark for which was filed last year according to Trademark Hound) as well, and what we used to know as the EliteBook 8580w and EliteBook 8780w might make an appearance, if and when they are announced, as the HP ZBook 15 and HP ZBook 17, with the numbers denoting screen size (in HP’s usual flavors of 15 and 17 inches). There might also be a smaller 14 inch variant of the ZBOOK, as a performance benchmark from a mysterious “HP ZBook 14″ has already appeared in a benchmark listing online.

A reliable anonymous source has also tipped that a new “future retro” design is set to be launched with 2013 Intel Haswell-carrying EliteBook and ZBook models. They are rumored to employ HP’s new “soft-touch” design (first seen in the EliteBook Revolve and 9470m), “updated keyboards” and high-resolution displays standard with Hi-DPI upgrade options available. A 10 inch Android tablet with a HiDPI display is also reportedly in the works (rumored name: Slate 10).

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  1. vbm July 16, 2013 Reply

    First “official” reference in HP docs:
    http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/13580_na/13580_na.PDF (page 2)

  2. knight427 July 16, 2013 Reply

    Does “soft touch design” mean MBP clone? Also, any idea what the screen resolutions will be? Any word on the GPUs?

    • frankwick July 18, 2013 Reply

      zbook 14 GPU appears to be AMD only. Not even an option to go base Intel.
      The unit I saw at 1920×1080

  3. frankwick July 18, 2013 Reply

    Would you believe me if I told you I have used a zbook14? I don’t think I’ll get the owner in trouble – since this data is probably already known by Dell/Lenovo.

    - It’s black
    - Has 4 USB3 ports
    - A display port / 1 VGA (it is a biz class laptop, after all)
    - smart card slot
    - and an awkwardly placed SD card slot
    - Ethernet port

    It wasn’t leathery but is ‘softer’ somewhat than the 9470m elitebook. Fingerprints are all over the device.

    It is not a true ultrabook– it’s too thick. It is a hair thicker than the 9470m. It uses the same dock though. There is battery slice option but you cannot dock the zbook with the slice on.

    It is Haswell but I can’t get a good feeling on performance since it was running Windows 8.1 but there are no 8.1 drivers available.

    I think the resolution was 1920×1080. Good bright screen. Hybrid graphics switching between intel and AMD. I think the owner said there was no option for intel only. too bad. Intel is now good enough for 9% of the business users. AMD just makes the unit more expensive, the image
    more complex, and adds more driver/bios overhead.

    • frankwick July 18, 2013 Reply

      I meant intel is good enough for 99% of business users. I can’t think of many desk jockeys that need discrete graphics.

  4. Michael July 23, 2013 Reply

    Not a big fan of the “ZBook” name, but oh well. I wish HP would standardise their naming scheme across their entire product line.
    EliteBook 15 G1, EliteBook 17 G1
    ZBook 15 G1, ZBook 17 G1

    • sceri September 5, 2013 Reply

      They done, actually.

      Notebooks
      ProBook 440, 450, 470
      ProBook 640, 650
      EliteBook 820, 840…

      Desktops
      ProDesk 400, 600
      EliteDesk 800
      ProOne 600 AIO
      EliteOne 800 AIO

  5. knight427 July 23, 2013 Reply

    I hope the ZBook 17 offers the top end AMD Firepro card rather than the mid-level as it has the past two generations. This alone could be enough to get me to switch over to Dell.

  6. Frankwick August 1, 2013 Reply

    one more thing, the zbook 14 will have TOUCH

  7. HPLosers September 9, 2013 Reply

    HP is so helplessly behind DELL and Lenovo with Haswell mobile workstations that I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if they delay launching them until late 2014/early 2015. For sure they will not be available until after Thanksgiving.

    My sources say they are still in the development stages… awesome job HP, what losers.

  8. HPLosers September 9, 2013 Reply

    I meant they wouldn’t be available until late 2013/early 2014, not 2104/2015.

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