HP appears to be preparing to refresh its business class netbook line with a new model called the HP Mini 5103. For the most part, this model looks like the HP Mini 5102 I reviewed a few months ago. But the new model will come with a choice of a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455 or 1.86GHz Intel Atom N475 processor.

What that means is that unlike the HP Mini 5102, the 5103 supports faster DDR3 memory — although the difference in performance will likely be pretty minimal.

Like other business netbooks from HP, the Mini 5103 has premium features such as a 7200RPM hard drive, an accelerometer to shut off the hard drive in the event of a fall, and a magnesium alloy case. The netbook also comes with a slew of options including an optional Broadcom HD video accelerator, optional touchscreen display, choice of a hard drive or solid state disk, and a choice of operating systems including SUSE Linux, Windows 7 Starter, or Windows 7 Home Premium.

You can find detailed specs at HP Italy. The HP US site has a support page for the netbook, but there’s not much information available on the US site.The HP Mini 5103 is also available for purchase in Italy for between €482 and €597.

via Netbook News.it

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6 replies on “HP Mini 5103 business netbook in the works”

  1. WHAT!??
    i was SERIOUSLY waiting for 5103 to feature a dual core atom N550
    what a complete letdown….

    1. Well, to be fair, no netbook has the Atom N550 just yet. HP could update this model or release yet another model soon with a dual core chip once it’s available.

      1. I’ve just skimmed through the 5103 maintenance and service guide to see if the part number for the fan is the same (current one’s apparently a bit noisy, which puts me off) and I find that TWO parts are listed for the heatsink/fan assembly: the standard one (same as 5102) and one labeled “for use with dual-core models”.

        So I guess a dual-core model is on the way.

        1. OMG thats exciting
          thank you! i hope it does come with a dual core option

  2. Unless this comes with the handle and HD display included as one of the under-$600 packages, I don’t see this being much in the way of news. More of a refresh followed by status quo than a proper new model, a 5102+ if you will.

    It’s actually kind of weird that they went for faster single-core and DDR3, rather than the more practical dual-core. It is a business netbook, after all.

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