Thanks to NotebookReview.com forum poster mrmorphine we now know quite a bit about the unannounced but obviously coming soon HP EliteBook 8470p business laptop. The EliteBook 8470p will be the follow-on to HP’s current 14-inch screen 8460p. It doesn’t look like a whole lot will change in terms of design, although it’s hard to tell given the low light nature of available images. Either way, since this is dubbed an EliteBook we know it will have a military spec build, use high quality materials and provide easy access for upgrades — because that’s what business customer’s IT departments spending a few grand on laptops demand and expect.
Anyway, it’s what’s inside we’re particularly interested right now so let’s get to the specs we do know based on information leaked so far:
Screen: 14” 1366 x 768 resolution (standard) or 1600 x 900 upgrade
Processor: Intel Core i7 1.70GHz Intel Ivy Bridge processor (unknown model model number for prototype unit, but likely a range available at purchase)
Graphics: Intel HD 4000 Integrated Graphics
Memory: up to 8GB RAM
Storage: SSD or HD
Ports: USB 3.0 (2), USB 2.0 (2), headphone, microphone, DisplayPort, VGA Monitor out, Ethernet RJ-45, media card reader, ExpressCard 54mm
Confirmation of the Intel Ivy Bridge processor comes compliments of the CPU-Z benchmark screenshot:
The 8470p should offer the same or better than 32 hours of battery than the current 8460p has via the 9-cell plus ultra-capacity “strap-on” battery you can plug into the expansion port. The Intel Ivy Bridge platform is advertised as being more efficient and power friendly so it’s possible that will result in HP upping the ante on that rather ridiculous nearly day and a half quote on battery life.
As far as benchmark performance for the HP 8470p, the results from PCMark 7 look impressive, the system scored an overall 4,578 which is higher than any comparable system we’ve ever reviewed, even for those with dedicated graphics which the 8470p does not have:
PCMark 7 Benchmark results comparison
PCMark 7 Score
HP EliteBook 8470p – Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge
HP Pavilion dm4t Beats – Intel Core i5-2430M, Intel HD3000, 8GB RAM, 5400RPM HD
The look of the 8470p is so similar to the 8460p that we doubt HP has changed a whole lot other than the internal processor and graphics. You’ll get the same bead blasted magnesium / aluminum lid finish and a heavy dose of aluminum throughout the rest of the case body. The screen will have a black bezel around it and you still get the thick hinges, media buttons on the top right and then pointing stick and dual mouse buttons. For reference, here’s an image of the current 8460p:
And below are a couple of shots of the upcoming EliteBook 8470p that would lead you to conclude the design remains constant:
Unfortunately mrmorphine says the keyboard is not backlit, something many users had been hankering for but apparently still will not get. Apparently most of HP’s business customers work in well-lit office environments and never in the dark. We sure wish the keyboard were backlit so we could see the keyboard more clearly in these leaked photos.
As far as release dates for the EliteBook 8470p, last year HP released their Sandy Bridge equipped business notebooks two weeks after the consumer line. According to leaked rumors, the HP consumer line is going to be announced in the next couple of days and start shipping on April 29th. Therefore expect an announcement toward the end of the month for the HP business lineup with units shipping in the late May to June time frame.