This is Verizon’s netbook. At least, the size is very attractive. I had a sub-mini laptop more than 10 years ago made by Mitsubishi Amity CN2 about the same size and the most useful feature was how portable it was. The size is exactly that of a small book or magazine and weights not much more. The processor Pentium 133mhz and memory of 64 got too slow even back then. It had a few good advantages. This was the time that Psion Series 7 Netbook was out. That was the original netbook and Psion is suing over the name.
Turns out the rumors were true. Verizon’s getting into the netbook business starting May 17th with the release of the HP Mini 1151 NR. Specs for this 10.1-inch, 3G-capable portable are exactly what we heard via leaked documents, but for those just joining us: 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270, 1GB RAM, 80GB HDD, two USB 2.0 ports, 802.11b/g, SD slot, and Windows XP Home with Service Pack 3. As for the pricing, it’s not quite as bad as previously suggested — $200 after $50 mail-in rebate and a two-year commitment. Frankly, we’d prefer paying a little more upfront on Verizon’s MiFi 2200 EV-DO router and a netbook / laptop of our choosing, with the same Mobile Broadband data plans, but hey, we can’t disagree with having more options.
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