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HP Unveiling Next-Gen Netbooks At CES

1/06/2010 02:28:37 PM Eastern

LAS VEGAS
- Hewlett-Packard will unveil its third-generation netbook this week at
International CES, which features a new technology that allows users to store
data in the Internet "cloud."

HP MiniThe Mini 210 netbook, or mini-note in HP-speak, is the third
design from the company since it rolled out its first netbook model in October
2008, said Sonny Shetty, HP's netbook platforms group manager.

Like the previous models, Shetty said, the company took extra
pains with its outward appearance, adding HP's imprint design to the cover and
wrist rest and even giving the unit's bottom the same color scheme.

The 210 uses Intel's Atom processor, has a 10.1-inch screen,
weighs 2.69 pounds and is about 0.90 inches thick.

It will be available starting Jan. 7 with a $299 suggested
retail.

HP is including what it calls the Cloud
Drive with the Mini 210. The Cloud Drive
appears on the computer as just another attached storage device, but the data
is actually sent to an online storage site. The data can be dragged and dropped
onto the Cloud Drive just like a normal
drive.

HP is supplying 100GB of storage free for three months, after
which an as-yet-unset service charge will be applied. Shetty said the company
is considering moving the Cloud Drive
concept up into its larger format notebooks, but no firm plan is in place.

The other major technical improvements are a larger touchpad and
a better keyboard.

The display is capable of delivering HD quality video and the 210
has a dedicated processor for handling any HD content, he said. The product
also has HP's Quickweb technology that allows the unit to boot up in a Linux
environment. This takes about 15 seconds, Shetty said, and gives the user quick
access to email, music and the Web. The unit's main OS is Windows 7.

A 3G option is also available.

HP will also upgrade its business netbooks. The models feature a
more stylized appearance and the company is adding red and blue color options
to the basic black that is now available. Other options include SSD storage, 3G
and a touchscreen and they come bundled with Corel Office software. The
business models range in price from $299 to $399.

At CES HP will also introduce its first Tablet PC geared toward
the consumer channel. The Touchsmart tm2 uses a reversible 12.1-inch
touchscreen. HP believes the unit will be attractive to students who will use
the touchscreen for note taking.

It will ship on Jan. 7 with an $899 suggested retail price.

The company will also show a single desktop PC, the Pavilion
Elite HPE. It will be available with either a high-performance Intel or AMD
Phenom II quad-core processor, Nvidia or ATI graphics and will ship on Jan. 7
with a $729 starting price.

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