Asus, Acer, Dell, and Lenovo continue to hog the headlines, but HP has been quietly selling its Mini-Note series since April. And it turns out the little computer is selling quite well. In fact, HP tells Chinese language Apple Daily that sales have been growing 50% every month. Demand is reportedly highest in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore.
The news isn’t a total surprise. The Mini-Note is certainly one of the most attractive low cost subnotebooks on the market. And HP took some extra steps to make the computer shine. It has a crisp 1280 x 768 pixel 8.9 inch display, which is much sharper than the screens most competitors are puting in their netbooks. And it has an acceleration detector which can shut down the hard drive if it detects swift motion, helping protect your hardware in the event of a fall.
On the other hand, the Mini-Note is one of the more expensive liliputers on the market. Prices start at $499, with some models running as much as $800 or more. And the computer is hampered by a sluggish VIA C7-M CPU.
[via Brighthand and DigiTimes]
I’m waiting another year to see where the market ends up, but I have high hopes for the next version of the Mini Note. I kinda have myself set on SSD storage and an Atom CPU, but I love the form factor, the higher-res display, and the metal exterior
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