HP has a new ultra portable notebook available for purchase today, that seems poised to do battle with ASUS' upcoming 8.9" version of the EeePC. The HP 2133 Mini-Note PC is offered in a wide variety of configurations with price points starting at $499. At the moment, five different pre-configured options are listed on the HP website, with VIA C7-M ULV processors speeds ranging from 1.0 to 1.6GHz and DDR2 memory configurations from 512MB to 2GB. Also note, that unlike the ASUS EeePC, only one version of the HP 2133 Mini-Note PC is outfitted with flash-based storage, the KR922UT which has a 4GB flash module. Other pre-configured HP Mini-Notes feature standard SATA hard drives.
All of the HP 2133 series Mini-Note PCs feature 8.9" WXGA screens, VIA (S3) Chrome 9 graphics processors, and Broadcom WiFi controllers. Two models also feature Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity. Operating systems options include the 32-bit versions of Windows Vista Home Basic and Vista Business, or SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10.
Rumor has it, Intel Atom based versions of the HP Mini-Note PC are in the works as well. But considering these early models are powered by VIA C7 processors, they're a good possibility of VIA Isaiah based models too, since the processors are pin compatible. It's going to be interesting to see how all of these new (and rumored) ultra portable PCs stack-up in terms of performance and battery like when or if they finally arrive.
Also note, that unlike the ASUS EeePC, only one version of the HP 2133 Mini-Note PC is outfitted with flash-based storage, the KR922UT which has a 4GB flash module. Other pre-configured HP Mini-Notes feature standard SATA hard drives.
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