Ultrabooks and tablets have completely stolen the spotlight from netbooks in recent months—so much so that Dell seems to have stopped offering consumer netbooks. We've been hearing that the diminutive, low-cost laptops still have some appeal in the developing world and among businesses, though. Sure enough, Lilliputing reports that HP has just introduced a new netbook aimed at businesses (and schools).
The HP Mini 1104 is a steep $399, and it packs one of Intel's latest and, er, newest Cedar Trail processors: the 1.6GHz, dual-core Atom N2600. Other key specifications for the machine include a 10.1" 1024x600 display, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a 320GB hard drive with a 5,400-RPM spindle speed, and a choice of 28- or 55-Wh batteries. The larger battery is rated for up to nine hours of run time.
On the wireless front, the HP Mini 1104 couples the usual 802.11n Wi-Fi with Bluetooth+HS and mobile broadband options. And on the software side of things, HP offers 32-bit versions of Windows 7 Starer, Home Premium, and Professional, not to mention FreeDOS for those who prefer to install their own OS.
Judging by Lilliputing's photos, the Mini 1104 looks both sexy and sturdily built. That alone may not make it worth the $100-plus price premium over run-of-the-mill Eee PCs, though.