HP Mini 210 Netbook, with New Intel Atom Chip, Jumps Gun
Hewlett-Packard, whether it intended to or not, has released
a new netbook, the Mini 210.
While HP has yet to formally introduce the netbook, retailer
eCost.com has it listed as in-stock and for sale - at $398.99 - and HP has
included the Mini 210 on its Customer Care support
site, Cnet discovered.
The Mini 210 slips easily into HP's Mini lineup, which
includes the Mini 110, with its 10.1-inch display, 1.60GHz Intel Atom processor
and lace-etching aesthetic, courtesy of Dutch designer Tord Boontje. It
stands apart, however, with the inclusion of Intel's newest Atom processor, the
1.66GHz Atom N450.
The netbook runs Microsoft's Windows 7 Starter operating
system, has 1GB of memory, a 250GB, 7,200RPM hard drive, an Intel Graphics Media
Accelerator 3150 video card and 802.11 b/g/n wireless connectivity. There's a
5-in-1 card reader, a webcam and microphone and a 6-cell battery.
The keyboard is "chiclet style," or what's also called
island style, with each key separated from its comrades, and the Mini 210 comes
in an eye-catching shade called Sonoma Red.
Intel's Atom processors are the predominant chip used in
netbooks, and Intel
announced earlier in December that its newest Atom chips - described as
offering better battery life, a smaller footprint and greater performance -
would begin appearing in devices after Dec. 21.
Accordingly, on Dec. 21, Fujitsu
introduced the 2.97-pound LifeBook MN380 mininotebook, and Dell
announced intentions to ship a new Inspiron Mini 10 netbook, a 2.7-pounder,
in January. Both devices include Windows 7 and the Atom N450 processor.
shipment growth is expected to slow, from its current, impressive year-over-year
growth of 103 percent, ABI Research nonetheless predicts that Atom
shipments will increase to the hundreds of millions by 2011, and Gartner expects
shipments to reach 41 million units in 2010.
DisplaySearch also expects sales of netbooks - or mini-notes, as it
calls them - to slow in the next year or two.
continue to be a significant piece of the notebook PC pie, in terms of both
units and revenue," John F. Jacobs,
an analyst with DisplaySearch, wrote in a Dec. 22 report.
long-term outlook is that the mini-note share of the notebook PC market has
stabilized, and will remain at approximately 20 percent through 2011 before
starting to erode."