HP's Eee PC-lookalike UMPC coming in April?

Yesterday, we reported on an unannounced notebook-style ultra-mobile PC from HP. The machine is supposedly dubbed HP Compaq 2133, and leaked slides nabbed by Engadget showed some fairly enticing specs: an 8.9" WXGA display, 1Gbps Ethernet, Wi-Fi, optional solid-state storage, a webcam, an ExpressCard/54 slot, a near-full-size QWERTY keyboard, and either Linux or Windows Vista operating systems. We commented that the machine's sleek (and apparently screw-less) enclosure made it look more expensive than Asus' Eee PC, but the slides made no mention of a price tag.

This gap in our knowledge has now been filled: a Commercial Times report quoted by DigiTimes says HP has recently outsourced orders for a high-end, business UMPC with an 8.9" display to Inventec. This device is expected in April, the report says, and it should cost "more than NT$20,000 ($630)." DigiTimes also fills in one of the blanks regarding the 2133's specs by mentioning that the device will have a 45nm Intel processor. Considering Intel is planning to launch its Menlow mobile Internet device platform with its 45nm Silverthorne chip next quarter, the HP Compaq 2133 could very well be Silverthorne-based.

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