Dead pixel policies...
When I bought my 8790 equiv. in July this year, I optioned for the WSXGA+ screen as used in the 9860 (by my understanding). Now, at this time both the Australian companies flogging the Clevo offered this screen with a zero pixel defect guarantee - they reported the "manufacturer" provided it. The WXGA+ screen did not come with this. Maybe Aus is "the lucky country" for screens?
Of course, you can't guarantee you won't get a dead pixel, but a manufacturer can choose to stand behind replacing any faults found. Naturally, there is a cost in making this option available.
Maybe ive been lucky, but all 10 laptops ive bought (ranging from XGA - UXGA - WXGA - WSXGA) and different manufacturers ive never had a dead pixel yet
Best of luck for those waiting!