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The guys at HP probably feel the saber, landing on their neck, with their HP 2133 Mini Note left behind, in the fierce netbook competition, having a relatively weak Via C7-M processor inside, instead of the mighty Intel Atom N270 CPU, placed in others. But the situation is about to change, as HP has just introduced the new 10-inch Mini 1000 netbook, equipped with an Intel Atom version, 2.25lbs weight and competitive $399 starting price. Unfortunately, there are no further details to tell, so stay tuned for more to come.

Update1: As mentioned, HP ditched the weak VIA C7-M processor in favor of the Atom N270 CPU, coming with a 10.2-inch 1024 x 769 display, instead of the great 1280 x 768 screen on the 2133. You will be able to choose either 512MB, 1GB or 2GB RAM, while the XP version gets only 1GB. Storage wise, HP offers a 60GB 4200 rpm HDD or 8GB/16GB SSD. Other specs include 2 USB ports, an SD slot, VGA webcam, eSATA port, 802.11b/g WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity (optional). The Mini 1000 XP Home edition version, will be available in mid-December, starting at $399, as the Linux MIE version, which is a special Ubuntu-based OS, designed by HP itself, will make a debut in January, for $379.

Update2: Checkout the videos from Notebooks.com after the break.

Update3: March 13th – The Mini 1000 officially gets a 6-cell battery. Those who’ve been anxiously waiting for this one to arrive (probably most of you) can get it for $95.99 (after $20 rebate) from here.

[via gizmodo]

Hands-on:

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MIE Demo:

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