HP Unveils its First Touch-Enabled Mini Netbook

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HP has announced that they’re releasing their first touch-enabled netbook. In amongst a raft of announcements today – including the launch of various other notebooks and desktop PCs – comes the news that the HP Mini 5102 will be available from 1 February.

The new HP Mini 5102 starts at €319

Designed for “mobile professionals and students alike”, it features an all-metal case in black, red or blue and once you start to dissect the features you’ll find face recognition for easy long-on to Windows operating systems and password-protected websites. Starting at only 2.6 pounds the Mini 5102 comes with “a sturdy, lightweight anodized-aluminium display enclosure” as well as an optional, and very neat, little handle.

Starting at €319, the 5102 also features the latest Intel Atom N450 processor, multiple connectivity options including mobile broadband, and a large 10.1-inch diagonal LED display available in either WSVGA or HD resolutions. Customers can choose either a four-cell battery for lighter weight or six-cell battery for longer battery life. “When configured with the optional six-cell battery, the HP Mini 5102 delivers up to 11 hours of battery runtime,” notes a company statement.

Other HP products arriving on the market soon include the HP EliteBook 8440 p and 8540 p/w series notebooks; the HP Compaq 8100 Elite Desktop PC Series “featuring innovative energy-saving technologies that help support lower energy usage”; and finally the HP Notebook Projection Companion, a compact projector using a mercury-free LED light source that measures only four inches by three inches and weighs less than one pound.

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