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.
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]