HP Mini 110 netbook offers optional 1080p playback

HP just added to its tiny netbook PC line, goosing up its 2.33-lb Mini models with the business-y Mini 1101 and its twisted sister, the Mini 110. The big news is HP's addition of an optional Broadcom Crystal HD Enhanced Video Accelerator to the Mini 110.

Why's that a big deal? HP says that accelerator will let its cheap tinybook play back 1080p video, that's what. Its screen certainly doesn't have the rez to play back such things, but the idea is you could plug it into your home theater and watch some crispy video. This we gotta see.

Pricing starts at $279 for the Mini 110 with Linux, $329 for the 110 with Windows XP or Vista (and check out that crazy purple-pink color you can choose!), shipping June 10, while the Mini 1101 rolls out on June 1 for $329. Find more details in HP's press release:

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 27, 2009 -- HP today expanded the award-winning HP Mini family with three new models, offering customers sleek, lightweight companion PCs that come in a variety of configurations and designs -- all small enough to slip into most purses, backpacks or briefcases.

* The new HP Mini 110 XP Edition and the HP Mini 110 Mobile Internet (Mi) Edition were designed for Internet-centric consumers to stay connected to what's important to them, while at home or on-the-go. The Mini 110 provides consumers with a choice of Pink Chic, Black Swirl or White Swirl HP Imprint finishes.

* The HP Mini 1101 is ideal as a companion PC for small and medium-size businesses and frequent business travelers. The Mini 1101 offers business users a sophisticated Black Swirl design.

The new Mini models are as stylish as they are mobile, starting at 2.33 pounds and measuring just over 1-inch thick. With a 10.1-inch diagonal standard or optional high-definition LED widescreen display, a keyboard that is 92 percent the size of a standard notebook PC keyboard, and a built-in webcam and microphone, the new HP Minis are designed for consumers and business professionals who surf the web, check email, listen to music and need access to friends, family, co-workers or information while on the go.

HP Mini 110 models include the Syncables™ Desktop solution, which provides effortless, automatic synchronization of music, pictures, videos and other files between an HP Mini and a primary notebook or desktop PC.

Pricing and availability

* The HP Mini 110 XP Edition and the Mini 110 with Mi is expected to be available in Black Swirl in the United States on June 10 via www.hpdirect.com/go/mini with a starting price of $329.99 and 279.99 respectively.

* The HP Mini 110 XP is expected to be available in Pink Chic and White Swirl in the United States on July 8 via www.hpdirect.com/go/mini, pricing to be determined.

* The HP Mini 1101 in high gloss black starts at $329 and is expected to be available June 1.

Via HP