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HP’s ‘Preppy Pink’ Mini 210 netbook gets official

We first spotted HP’s Pink Mini 210 on the FCC back in April.  Today, HP formally unveiled the Preppy Pink Mini 210, above left, along with a more subtle Crystal White Mini 210.

We like the work HP is doing to make its netbooks less bland.  However, the Preppy Pink design does seem to be targeted at the rather narrow demographic of plaid loving women.

Source:  Engadget

HP H110UI1 netbook makes an appearance on the FCC

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This netbook from HP made an appearance on the FCC today thanks to a filing by Ralink.  Known as the H110UI1, the device sports a nice Batmobile-ish matte black finish, and appears to be part of HP’s Mini lineup.

We don’t know much more about the device, other than it sports an 802.11 b/g/n WiFi card from Ralink.  HP has made a bunch of announcements today, so we’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

The HP Mini 210 gets a pink makeover

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We first spotted the HP Mini 210, aka HSTNN-Q46C, on the FCC back in December 2009.  At that time, all we had were label pics of the device.  Today, HP passed the same netbook through the FCC, this time with an upgraded Ralink WLAN module, a new chiclet keyboard, and an interesting pinkish, plaid color scheme.

HP has made an effort to make its Mini Series netbooks more unique, offering imprints from Tord Boontje and Vivienne Tam.  We don’t see any designer-branding on this Mini 210, but the pink plaid color scheme is definitely targeted towards a fashion conscious, female crowd.

Additionally, pics of this Mini 210 show what appears to be a new chiclet keypad that features shallow, rounded keys.  This isn’t a big change from the other Mini 210 models – it’s almost like HP just sanded down the keys.

This version of the Mini 210 also has a Gobi2000, for worldwide 3G connectivity, while its Ralink WiFi card supports 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi.

Personally, I wouldn’t be caught dead with this thing, but it is nice to see that HP is customizing its Mini line to appeal to specific market segments.  No word on pricing or availability.

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HP Slate specs released – 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z530, 1080p graphics, prices starting at $549

Not one of the 300,000 plus who already got their hands on an iPad?  Then maybe the graphic above will interest you.  Engadget just posted this internal HP document that compares the upcoming HP Slate tablet to the iPad, and in the process discloses a bunch of juicy Slate specs.

According to the document, the Slate will rock a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, 32 to 64 GB of flash storage, 1 GB of RAM, Intel GMA graphics capable of 1080p playback, front and rear facing cameras, WiFi, Bluetooth, optional 3G, SD card reader, USB port and dock connector that provides HDMI out.  The device’s WSVGA capacitive touch screen will measure 8.9” with a 1024 x 600 resolution, and feature pen/digitizer support.  And as expected the Slate will run Windows 7, with what HP calls a touch-optimized UI.

The Slate will measure 9.21” x 5.7” x 0.57” and weigh 1.49 pounds.  The device will run for up to 5 hours with its non-replaceable 2 cell battery.

Pricing for the Slate will range from $549 to $599.  According to Engadget the 32 GB Slate will cost $549, while the 64 GB version will cost $599.  No word on how much 3G will cost, however.

So, how do the two devices stack up?  HP conveniently marks the advantages of the Slate in green, while the advantages of the iPad are in red.  Here are our thoughts:

HP Slate Wins:

  • 1080p playback – the iPad maxes out at 720p
  • Front and rear facing cameras – the iPad has none
  • SD card reader with support for up to 128 GB cards – the iPad has none
  • USB port – the iPad has none
  • HDMI out (requires a dock) – So far only a VGA connector is available for the iPad

Apple iPad Wins:

  • Battery life – the iPad offers up to 10 hours of battery life compared to 5 hours for the Slate
  • 9.7” screen with 1024 x 768 resolution is larger, and higher res than the Slate
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi – the Slate only offers b/g
  • Pricing – the 16 GB iPad is $499, while the cheapest Slate will run you $549

Question marks:

  • Processor:  The HP Slate uses an 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z530, compared to the iPad’s 1 GHz Apple A4 processor.  However, a faster processor on the Slate doesn’t necessarily mean a faster device, especially since the Slate runs Windows 7.  Additionally, Apple has worked to optimize the A4 for the iPad, so we’ll need a side-by-side comparison to declare a winner here.
  • Software:  Windows 7 and the iPhone OS are both great operating systems, albeit for different usage scenarios.  The iPhone OS seems a bit limited on the iPad, while Windows 7 is a lot of OS for the Slate.  Plus, we have no idea how well HP’s touch-optimized UI will work.  The iPhone OS opens the door to a few hundred thousand apps, but there are millions of apps for Windows.  The winner here will probably vary depending on how you use the devices.

So what device comes out on top?  It’s impossible to tell at this point, of course.  However, the iPad’s 10+ hour battery life is a huge differentiator for the device and we love the iPad’s 9.7” screen.

But, the versatility of Windows 7 is intriguing on the Slate – we like the idea of having Microsoft Office and Flash available.  Still, the iPhone OS is always on, or at least boots up quickly – a key advantage over Windows.  And we do love our iPhone apps.

We’ll keep you updated as we learn more, but if this graphic is any indication HP certainly has a compelling device on their hands.  And, the recent surge in marketing materials for the Slate suggests the device is nearing its launch date.

Compaq Airlife 100 passes through the FCC with AT&T 3G bands

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The Compaq Airlife 100 first turned up on the FCC back in January, and since then we’ve learned that this smartbook will sport Android, a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, SSD, WiFi and 3G.

Today, the Airlife 100 made another appearance on the FCC, this time for its 3G capabilities.  According to FCC test reports, the device will support GSM 850 and 1900 bands, as well as WCDMA bands II and V.

Support for WCDMA bands II and V indicates that the device may be coming to AT&T in the United States.  This seems consistent with HP’s current distribution efforts in Europe, where the company sells the Airlife 100 through Telefonica.

HP Slate coming in June for $546

The HP Slate made its first appearance at CES this year, and it looks like today we finally have a release timeframe and price for the device.  According to Clipset, a Spanish blog that appears to have access to HP and the Slate, the device will be released in June of this year for €400, or about $546.  Clipset also reports that HP has confirmed that the Slate will rock an Intel Atom and feature Windows 7, a webcam, Adobe Flash support and a memory card reader.

It’s peculiar that HP would decide to release this information through a relatively unknown Spanish blog.  However, Clipset does appear to have the best access to the Slate that we’ve seen so far.

The Slate’s release will take place shortly after the release of Apple’s iPad.  Anyone cancelling their pre-orders?

Hopefully HP will release a bit more information on the Slate at the launch date for the device nears.  The fingerprint-smudged pictures from Clipset don’t do the device justice.

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