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« on: February 19, 2008, 03:14:01 PM »

Several stories have appeared over the Internet that suggest HP are preparing something that sits between their iPAQ PDA series and their tablet PC's in the form of low cost UMPC or laptop known as the UMPC 2133 to be available from Spring.

Depending on which story you believe this device will be priced in the low cost notebook or ultra low cost laptop (ala EEE PC) bracket.

According to one story on CNET Asia:

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But digging deeper between the lines, we suspect the company's maiden voyage into this niche segment is likely to be competitively priced, much like the ASUS Eee PC. In fact, according to one HP staff, "you won't even need to consider this purchase. You'll buy it like a handphone without a thought".


I'm not as confident about the pricing, with a 9" screen and solid state disc (SSD) option it might simply be an entry into the executive notebook category with a price to match.

There's a gallery of pictures on the engadget site which show's the impending device but also indicates that it doesn't have a touch screen, ergo it's not really a UMPC rather a small format laptop.

One thing seems for certain, we haven't seen the last of the product launches in the ultra small/low cost mobile computer sector. I'm waiting to get one free with a Happy Meal... Wink



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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2008, 08:01:41 PM »

As picked up back in February above, HP have now announced their snappily named HP 2133 mini notebook and early reports suggest that RM have conveniently picked up the initial UK distribution into the education sector according to several websites:

http://digital-lifestyles.info/2008/04/11/rm-gets-hp-2133-mini-note-pc-on-uk-education-exclusive/
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/index.cfm?newsid=12696
http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2008/04/11/rm_newham_schools/



The device will be available in May and priced at around 385 for the basic version.

Sales information and spec's on the RM site:
http://www.rm.com/Secondary/Products/Product.asp?cref=PD1164671

Another review maybe found at CNN.com:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/ptech/05/07/hp.mini/

A fairly timely announcement as laptop suppliers gird their loins and catalogues for the announcement of specifications from the "Home Access Task Force", expected in September, intended to provide Internet and digital access to learning for the many young learners and families who are considered to be without. It is understood that the device spec for this initiative has been largely developed in consultation with RM and that non-laptop or desktop PC devices such as smart phones or gaming consoles were not regarded as relevant access devices.


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