Hewlett-Packard has launched its newest laptop in its netbook series, in the US. The HP Mini 1104 will be available across the country form HP’s website. The availability of the enhanced netbook outside the US has not been disclosed by company sources. The new HP Mini netbook comes many performance enhancements of applications and graphics environment.
HP Mini 1104 runs on a dual core processor named Atom N2600, Intel’s newly launched processor in December last year launched alongside the Cedar Trail class of Intel processors. The N2600 Atom processor has a 1.6 GHz clock speed and works on 3.5 W. The processor has brought in significant improvements, in the performance, compared to previous netbooks.
The 6-cell battery of the HP Mini ensures a 9-hour battery standby time. The netbook is priced at $399 and comes with a 10.1-inch display screen. It weighs just 1.26 Kg or 2.78 lbs. It features 2 GB of RAM and 320 GB of hard disk space. Also, included in the Mini 1104 notebook are a webcam and a secure digital (SDXC) card slot.
HP’s so called ‘companion PC’ is a low cost notebook that can do basic computer tasks word processing and surfing over the internet, as is the case with all netbooks. The new performance enhancement using Intel’s new chip allows viewing HD Blu-ray video. Interest in cheap and computers are on the rise with the popularity of tablet gadgets. However, netbook market has weakened in the developed countries as shipments to Western Europe, and the US has decreased. Moreover, Dell has announced its withdrawal from the netbook market and is clearing the stock of the Inspiron Mini netbooks by selling it out. On a brighter side, the market is on the rise in China and India.