HP Compaq 2133 UMPC to be priced competitively

Update 4.7.08: HP 2133 Mini-Note PC starts at $499

If UMPCs are being redefined to mean mini notebooks with 7- to 8.9-inch displays, then I will soon be bored to tears. Following the great success of the Asus Eee PC, so many similar offerings (most based on the NanoBook reference design) have been thrown into the mix that I haven’t been able to muster the strength to follow, care about, or even cover them.

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I’m feeling strong this afternoon, though, so here we have the HP Compaq 2133 "UMPC offering" featuring a scratch-resistant 8.9-inch WXGA display, 95% full-size keyboard, ExpressCard/54 slot, and optional SSD wrapped inside an anodized aluminum casing starting at 2.5 pounds. Currently unofficially confirmed by HP, the 2133 subnotebook will be capable of running either Vista or Linux when/if it’s launched later this year and is said to be "competitively priced, much like the Asus Eee PC."

While certainly not bad to look at and likely a very solid consumer option if priced within the sub-$500 range, please wake me when innovative, pocketable designs are reassociated with UMPCs. Or are those just reserved for MIDs?

[Engadget | CNET Asia via CrunchGear]

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Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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