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No official news to report here, but there’s a bit of two and two that could equal four. HP was the first big-brand vendor to follow Asus into the netbook market by launching their HP Mini-note back in April. Our hands-on review video showed it to […]

HpmininoteNo official news to report here, but there’s a bit of two and two that could equal four. HP was the first big-brand vendor to follow Asus into the netbook market by launching their HP Mini-note back in April. Our hands-on review video showed it to be a very capable yet highly portable device.Fast forward to current day and now there’s a slew of netbooks available, most of which use the Intel Atom CPU, which is designed specifically for these types of computers. Intel’s Atom wasn’t available to manufacturers until after the HP Mini-note launched, so it simply wasn’t an option. HP’s basic choices were older CPUs like the Intel Celeron or VIA C7-M and they went with the latter.

The C7-M is long in the tooth at this point and VIA has already announced its successor, the Nano, which uses the same socket as the C7-M. It’s not a stretch then to see HP upgrade the Mini-note with a low-voltage version of the Nano once the CPU becomes readily available. Or they could join the crowd, redesign their motherboard & socket and use an Intel Atom CPU. Either way, there’s a valid and almost expected upgrade path on the CPU side of the Mini-note.Adding to the mix are $50 and $100 rebates on the HP Mini-note through Amazon right now. Want that high-end model with the 1.6 GHz CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 120 GB hard drive that spins at 7200 RPM and Windows Vista Business? HP will sell it to you direct for $829, but after rebate you can nab it from Amazon for $643.99.And then of course, there’s that HP Mini-note with the 10-inch display seen earlier this month. A refresh could use the same core guts, but if you’re going to produce an updated product, why not get all the updates you reasonably can in there?Between an older CPU, forthcoming model with larger screen and a rebate, perhaps a refresh is right around the corner. The Amazon rebate requires you to purchase by the end of this month, so stay tuned through October and November. I could be wrong, but my gut tells me that we’ll hear some news out of HP during that time. Then again, CES is right around the corner in January so maybe my gut is jumping the gun on this one.

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  1. my guess is HP will drop the current design all together which is ashame.

    but i am still looking VERY forward to HP’s new offering, yes it will be plastic but hopefully they can fit a 10″ screen into a similar size package & go with a Nano or Atom.

    it will be nice to have a manufacture out there that can actually SUPPLY their product, right now the only players able to do it are Dell/Asus. the job MSI/Acer are doing is an absolute joke, sure you can find the lousy 3-cell version (because nobody wants them) but finding the 6-cell is like a treasure hunt.

  2. Well, they said a while back they’re going to have two levels, one more expensive than the other so I’m hoping that the sleek finish stays.

  3. I really like the idea of a 10″ Mini-Note, but the prototype looks like a fashion accessory and therefore may not incorporate much new technology.

    January is a long way away in netbook years, so I would expect an updated model in the mid-October to early November time frame for availabilty during the holiday season.

  4. Brudoff, I on the other hand have been looking for an affordable 3-cell battery for my 2133 (which came with the 6-cell battery…). Good luck finding that one for a reasonable price.

  5. newegg.com has got the base model selling for $349 with rebate. With the price of adding xp or vista, more ram and your choice of hard drive, you just can’t beat that deal.

    I’m hoping HP keeps the current exterior design and magnesium casing – it’s one of the trademarks of the unit.

    As for the 3 cell battery – HP doesn’t offer it for sale. Only the 6 cell is sold separately.

  6. To add to the article, my gut feeling says HP will be extending those rebates well past the 30th to move inventory. I called around a handful of resellers in my area and there are literally thousands of units in stock.

  7. Hey Oliver…I got a 3cell for my Mini-note off ebay. It’s some 3rd party OEM battery that fits and works amazingly. It ended up being around $50 with shipping from Hong Kong.

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