HP Launches Mini 1000 Subnotebook

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HP has officially launched the Mini 1000, which is now available with prices starting at $400.

The new consumer-focused version of its Mini-Note 2133 companion PC, this subnotebook has a sleek form factor – less than 1-inch thick – and a weight of 2.25 lbs, a keyboard that is 92% that of standard PCs, Brightview widescreen Infinity display with flush glass and LED backlight, and a webcam.

HP designed this device to target consumers who are interested in “information snacking” and “content enjoyment” and it made the point in the marketing materials that the company believes consumers interested in “content creation” would still be more interested in a traditional notebook PC. They are “a complement” to HP’s notebook PC family rather than a replacement for an existing laptop.

More About the HP Mini 1000

The HP Mini 1000 features a piano-black finish with HP Imprint swirl design and is powered by an Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz processor running Windows XP Home.

It includes an Ethernet jack, two USB ports, built-in webcam and microphone. It comes with Wi-Fi, and versions with 3G cellular-wireless networking are expected to be available in December.

The base model includes an 8.9-inch display, and a 10.2-inch version is also available. Customers can choose from solid-state or mechanical hard drive options.

The HP Mini 1000 is available today in the U.S. from the HP Shopping website with a starting price of $400.

HP Mini 1000 with MIE Coming Soon

HP will soon introduce a slightly less expensive version of this subnotebook. The Mini 1000 with MIE (Mobile Internet Experience) will run Linux and offer a simple interface. Applications such as browsing, email, online video, will be pre-loaded and run from the MIE dashboard.

This device will run Ubuntu Linux, and the hardware will be the same as the regular version of this subnotebook.

The Mini 1000 with MIE is expected to be available in the U.S. in January, and should have a starting price of $380.

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