HP “Officially” Announces Mini 1000 Netbooks

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Days after leaking the launch of their new netbook on their own website HP has officially launched the all-new HP  Mini 1000, which is now available on the HP Shopping website today for $399. 

The new consumer-focused version of their Mini-Note 2133 companion PC, the Mini 1000 will be available in three different models and multiple configurations. All three of the new Mini 1000 models share a sleek form factor – at less than 1-inch thick – with a starting weight of 2.25 lbs, a keyboard that is 92 percent that of standard PCs, Brightview widescreen Infinity display with flush glass and LED backlight and a webcam.

HP designed these companion PCs to target consumers who are interested in “information snacking” and “content enjoyment” and they made the point in their marketing materials that HP 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. The three models are as follows:

  • The HP Mini 1000 features a piano-black finish with HP Imprint swirl design and is powered by an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor running Windows XP Home. It includes an Ethernet jack, two USB ports, built-in webcam and microphone. It comes with wireless connectivity (WLAN,) and 3G versions are expected to beavailable in December. Configuration choices include screen size — 8.9-inch Brightview or 10.2-inch diagonal Brightview widescreen Infinity display with 1024 x 600 resolution — and solid-state or mechanical hard drive options.

  • The HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition comes in vibrant red with a peonyflower inspired design that reflects the globally acclaimed fashion designer’s Spring 2009 collection. It seeks to satisfy the highly mobile, Internet- centric fashionista woman and features a 10.2-inch diagonal Brightview widescreen Infinity display with1024 x 600 resolution.

 

Its design was first unveiled on the runway of Tam’s Fall 2009 Fashion Week show in Battery Park in New York, although many people attending the show mistook it for a purse rather than the companion PC that it is. Tam labeled it the world’s first “digital clutch,” and it ships with an embroidered sleeve to protect the exterior, Accidental Damage Protection service and an HP SmartFriend Calling Card good for 6 months of unlimited technical support consultation service.

The Vivienne Tam Edition companion PC is powered by the Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor running Windows XP Home and has a 1GMm memory, making the Web, critical files and PC applications easily portable. It includes an Ethernet jack, 2 USB port, built-in webcam and microphone. It comes with wireless connectivity (WLAN,) and 3G versions are expected to be available in December.

  • The HP Mini 1000 with MIE (Mobile Internet Experience) is essentially the HP Mini 1000 with a uniquely simple (and rather attractive) Linux interface. HP claims “It delivers a seamless Internet experience out-of-the-box via an intuitive interface developed by HP that makes it easy to enjoy digital content – videos, photos, music and email — on-demand and on the go.” MIE comes loaded with Instant Messaging, email and Skype, for online video chat.

The HP Mini 1000 with MIE is Linux-based (Ubuntu) and powered by an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor. It includes an Ethernet jack, two USB ports, built-in webcam and microphone. It comes with wireless connectivity (WLAN.) Applications such as browsing, email, online video, are pre-loaded and run from the MIE dashboard, minimizing startup time. Favorite websites that are added to the dashboard stay live, and the task bar makes it easy to switch between programs.

Mini 1000 Accessories and Service

The HP Mini Mobile Drive gives HP Mini 1000 customers 2, 4, or 8 gigabytes of additional storage, making it simple to transport and retrieve important files, photos, music and other data. It sits flush against the HP Mini, so that is doesn’t disrupt the sleek design.

An optional 6-cell Li-polymer battery will be available in January.

The HP Mini 1000 and HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition come with a free six-month subscription to HP Upline for up to three PCs. HP Upline is an easy-to-use, secure on-line service for the storage, backup, sharing and synchronization of digital content.

Pricing and availability

  • The HP Mini 1000 is available today in the U.S. from www.hpdirect.com with a starting price of $399.99.

  • The HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition is expected to be available in the U.S. in mid-December via www.hpdirect.com. It – plus its designer sleeve and support offerings – is expected to be priced at a starting price of $699.99 U.S.

  • The HP Mini 1000 with MIE is expected to be available in the U.S. in January via www.hpdirect.com and is expected to be at a starting price of $379.99.

Details Technical Specifications

  • Operating System: Genuine Windows XP Home SP3, Mobile Internet Experience Linux
  • Processor: Intel Atom N270 (1.6 GHz)
  • Chipset: Intel 945GSE + ICH7M, 533MHz FSB
  • Memory: DDR2 SDRAM, 533MHz, one SODIMM memory slot, supports up to 2GB (Windows XP restricted to 512MB or 1GB from HP due to Microsoft agreement)
  • Internal Storage: 60GB 4200 rpm PATA hard drive, 8GB/16GB Solid State Drive
  • External/Removable Storage: 2GB/4GB/8GB HP Mini Mobile drive (available with SSD model only)
  • Display: 8.9-inch diagonal WSVGA (1224 x 600) or 10.2-inch WSVGA “Infinity BrightView” display
  • Graphics: Intel GMA 950
  • Audio: High Definition Audio, stereos speakers, integrated stereo microphone, stereo headphone/line out, stereo microphone in
  • Wireless support: 802.11b/g, b/g, optional Bluetooth 2.1
  • Communications: 10/100 Ethernet
  • Expansion slots: Secure Digital (SD) slot
  • Ports and connectors: Two USB 2.0 ports, VGA, power connector, RJ-45/Ethernet, stereo headphone/line out, stereo microphone in, VGA webcam
  • Input device: 92% full-sized keyboard, touchpad with scroll zone
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 0.99 (at front) x 10.3 x 6.56 inches
  • Weight: 2.25 lbs (with 3-cell battery and 8.9″ display, 2.4 lbs with 3-cell battery and 10.2″ display.
  • Power: 3-cell 26WHr Lithium-polymer battery (optional 6-cell 52WHr Lithium-polymer battery
  • Warranty: Limited 1-year and 90-day warranty options available, depending on country, Extended warranty available

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