In the past few days, rumors have emerged that HP is going to enter the Ultra Mobile PC market, alongside Fujitsu, Asus, and others. This company’s upcoming device has been hinted at being a lifestyle accessory that consumers would buy almost without a thought, like an iPod, cellphone or other frequently used item.
Today, images of what’s supposedly the Compaq 2133 and a vague spec sheet have leaked out of HP, bringing a bit of confirmation to this rumored device, as well as many questions.
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What Little Is Known
According to Engadget, this device will either run Windows Vista or some version of Linux.
It will supposedly have an 8.9-inch screen with a resolution of 1366 by 766 pixels (WXGA) and a keyboard that’s 95% of full size.
The Compaq 2133 will reportedly have either a standard 1.8-inch harddrive or an option SSD, but the capacities of these is unknown.
It is expected to include Wi-Fi and ports for USB 2.0, Ethernet, FireWire, and VGA out. In addition, this UMPC will supposedly have an Expresscard and an SD card slot.
One detail of this device that has raised a few eyebrows is the mention of a tamper proof case, which might mean no upgrades or user servicing.
The exact size of this model has not yet been revealed, but it will reportedly weigh around 2.5 pounds.
While many of these specifications put it a step or two above low-cost options like the Asus Eee PC, it is not yet known how HP will price the Compaq 2133.
Also unknown is when this UMPC will be released.