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HP’s 2133 Mini-Note UMPC has just been officially announced.

The Mini-Note UMPC is small, but there is no shortage of features, says Geek.com. It has two USB slots, an ExpressCard/54 slot, SD card reader, and a VGA webcam (optional). The battery option allows for a 3-cell or 6-cell. It features a nearly fullsize keyboard (92%) and runs Vista Business, Vista Home Basic, FreeDOS, or SuSE Enterprise Desktop 10.

The 2.63lb device has 8.9-inch (1280×768) display is powered by VIA’s C7-M processor, a 120/160GB drive or 64GB SSD, and even an optional 4GB PATA flash module if you opt for SuSE. The 2133 has one memory slot and can run up to 2GB of RAM.

Best of all, it comes HP with a $500 starting price, all-aluminum casing, and lots of options. Initial reviews look favorable.

8.9-inch low-cost PC comparison

Company

HP

Acer

Asustek

Model

Mini-Note

Aspire

Eee PC 900

Processor

VIA C7-M

Intel Atom

Intel Atom

OEM

Wistron, Inventec

Quanta, Wistron

Pegatron

Launch

April

May-June

May-June

Annual shipment goal

N/A

5-5.5 million

5 million (including Eee PC 701)

OS

Linux/XP

Linux/XP

Linux/XP

Storage

Hard drive

Hard drive/SSD

SSD

Price

US$599-849

US$300-450

US$350-450

Source: Companies, compiled by Digitimes, April 2008

Engadget says, ASUS is looking to get a jump on HP’s new Mini-Note and that upcoming ultra-portable from Acer by launching its second generation 8.9-inch Eee PC early. As such, they’ll have to forgo Intel’s new Atom processor (shipping in June) and slap in an older-generation dual-core ULV instead. Sources claim that ASUS still plans to go Atom in “later versions of its Eee PCs.”

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