The HP Shopping homepage has an image of what appears to be the sequel to the HP 2133 Mini-Note. But if you click on the picture of the netbook, which appears to be called the HP Mini 1000, you get nothing. The folks at HP 2133 Guide make an educated guess that the page was supposed to go live on Wednesday, but there’s definitely very little information available today.
Here’s what we do know:
- It’s called the HP Mini 1000, which would seem to imply that it has a 10 inch screen (current HP Mini-Note models have 8.9 inch displays).
- Prices will start at $399.99, which is about $100 less than the price HP introduced the first HP 2133 Mini-Notes at back in April, but $100 more than the price you can pay to pick up the cheapest Mini-Note available from Amazon today.
- The netbooks are described as less than 1″ thick (or rather, “thin”) with a starting weight of 2.25 pounds.
- The case looks similar to the HP 2133 Mini-Note chassis, but it’s all black (which would seem to indicate it’s made of plastic, not aluminum), and there’s a smaller bezel around the screen (which lends credence to the idea of a 10 inch screen).
- Does it have an Intel Atom CPU like the Vivienne Tam Edition or a VIA C7-M (or Nano) chip like earlier Mini-Notes?
- Will it have a 1280 x 768 pixel display like earlier models, or the 1024 x 600 pixel display HP (and practically every other netbook maker) has been using in more recent models?
- If the starting price is $399.99, what will the top of the line model cost?
The HP 2133 Mini-Note stood out from most other netbooks. In good ways and bad. The chassis is one of the sturdiest and most attractive cases on any netbook. The high resolution screen is crystal clear compared with the screens on most other netbooks. But the VIA C7-M CPU tended to make early Mini-Notes a bit slower than Intel Celeron or Intel Atom powered netbooks when it came to CPU intensive tasks or multi-tasking.
Now it looks like HP may be going with the flow and releasing a machine that looks a lot like all the other netbooks on the market in terms of specs and price. But I’m holding out hope that HP continues to hang on to a few of the things that made the original Mini-Note distinctive. Perhaps for $400 you’ll be able to pick up a Linux model with an Intel Atom CPU, a 4GB SSD and 512MB – 1GB of RAM and a 1024 x 600 pixel display. But it would be nice if for $100 more you could get a model with a higher resolution display, a larger hard drive, and Windows XP.
Maybe we’ll know for sure by Wednesday.