updated 12:00 am EST, Wed January 6, 2010
HP Mini 5102, 2102, 210 and Compaq 102 debut
HP's most significant CES unveiling includes a sweeping update to its Mini netbooks to bring them in step with Intel's Pine Trail platform. Heading up the range is the 10-inch Mini 5102, the company's first touchscreen netbook. It supports native multi-touch for Windows 7 and is targeted at the relative high end with an aluminum chassis like the EliteBooks and a Broadcom HD decoder that can process 1080p video.
The system can come equipped with the as yet unreleased 1.83GHz model as well as up to 2GB of RAM, 320GB of storage and a 1366x768 (normally 1024x600) screen. Battery life running up to 10 hours. In an uncommon turn, HP says it's bundling Corel Home Office to give full editing out of the box; a Student Edition also gets Adobe's Digital School Collection for classroom apps. HP ships the 5102 sometime this month with a 1.66GHz Atom, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB disk for $399.
Just beneath it is the Mini 2102 for work and the Mini 210 for home. Both use a more familiar design and lack touch but still have the same processor options, Broadcom HD decoder and storage picks, though both are limited to 1GB of RAM. Software is their other distinguishing point as they come with a ZumoDrive-based online storage service, remote media streaming and sync, and an instant-on Linux boot mode. The Mini 210 is the more economic of the two and will cost just $299, while the business credentials let HP charge $329 for the 2102. Either system should be available tomorrow.
In a stealth introduction, HP has also added the Compaq 102 as a new budget model. It runs on a previous-generation 1.6GHz Atom and has the familiar 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive. HP hasn't commented on the price or release window for the lone Compaq system.
Compaq Mini 102