Engadget broke the story on HP’s rumoured UMPC given a very minimalist name, the UMPC 2133, which is supposed to be entering the market during Spring 08 for a yet to be determined low price. I think this laptop looks gorgeous and if it comes in with even decent specs for ~$600-800 It will likely be in the running for my new laptop. The specs already floating around include a 8.9″ screen with 1366 x 766 (WXGA) resolution and a 95% size Querty keyboard and covered in an anodized aluminum casing .
Crave has some additional and exciting information regarding the price from an HP source.
In fact, according to one HP staff, “you won’t even need to consider this purchase. You’ll buy it like a handphone without a thought”. At this price range, we reckon it is unlikely to be a convertible tablet PC like the LifeBook U1010. Claiming that its UMPC will address several issues plaguing the current crop of pocketable portables, we were told that one of the key areas of improvement will be in battery life, though again no specific numbers were mentioned.
If this device is supposed to be purchased like a handset without much thought I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it will be between $5-800, which is at the lower end at least close to some smartphone prices.
Engadget: HPs UMPC 2133 Revealed – Additional Images