Is HP planning on a follow-up version of their 8.9-inch HP 2133 MiniNote? It certainly looks that way based on comments by HP, and that they are looking at the pricing of their current line and launching a cheaper netbook. Many people (myself included) think very highly of the 2133’s design, but the pricing of the 2133 (starting at $499, but getting near $750 for decent specifications) has been a sore point, given some of the performance issues.
Earlier this year, the VIA Nano CPUs were announced, and it was almost a given that HP would move to these at some point – better performance and a drop-in for the VIA C7 that currently powers the 2133 line, but that’s not what’s driving this lower-cost version.
APC has published comments from HP executives discussing the issue:
â€œFrom a retail perspective weâ€™re looking at a similar device (to the 2133) but at a lower costâ€ said Jerel Chong, HP Australiaâ€™s Market Development Manager for Notebook PCs, at todayâ€™s launch of HPâ€™s business mobility products for the second half of 2008. â€œIt wonâ€™t be as durable but it will be cheaperâ€.
Chong also suggested the new model would however share some traits and components with the 2133. â€œWhat we like to do across all our products is share the technologyâ€, he told APCmag.com.
Chong was unable to comment on speculation that the 2133, which currently uses a VIA C7-M processor, would soon transition to Intelâ€™s Atom. The 2133 was designed and made its debut before the Atom was available, Chong explained, so at the time VIAâ€™s C7-M was the only option.