HP on Wednesday launched three new Minis, its line of netbooks.
The HP Mini 110 XP Edition and the HP Mini 110 Mobile Internet (Mi) Edition are netbooks for Internet folks, while the HP Mini 1101 is designed for travelers. The lineup comes in various colors and configurations (statement, Techmeme).
But what caught my eye is the latest pitch for netbooks. HP says these little buggers aren't for heavy duty computing or rich content, but "information snacking." Apple's Tim Cook would say that netbooks are junk food.
These subtle references are an effort by vendors to position netbooks vs. laptops. Everyone from Intel to Microsoft to HP and Dell are trying to make the netbook vs. laptop distinction clear. The two categories are morphing much to the chagrin of industry profit margins.
HP's Mini XP 110 Edition and Mini 110 with Mi are available June 10 with a price of $329.99 and $279.99, respectively, in Black Swirl. If you want Pink or White you have to wait until July 8. The HP Mini 1101 starts at $329 in black on June 1.