Just when you thought every company likely to do so had announced its plans for a sub-notebook in the vein of, you guessed it, the Asus Eee PC, HP steps up and offers its more upmarket take on the concept. While the information hasn't come from HP directly, it is apparently supplied by insider sources and appears fairly credible, though you should still take it with a pinch of salt.
So, onto the details: first up there's the 8.9in screen with a 1366 x 766 (possibly a typo?) resolution, which is definitely promising. There's also the promise of an almost-full-sized QWERTY keyboard, whatever full sized actually is, and the option of an SSD, suggesting there should be a reasonable amount of hard drive space. WiFi and Ethernet connectivity should also be included as will an ExpressCard slot, which is a nice touch, and the whole package should weigh in at about 1.13Kg. Also, in what would be a smart thought from HP, a choice of either Vista or Linux operating systems will reputedly be available.
Given the unofficial nature of the leak no details of what will be inside the 2133 are forthcoming, but it doesn't seem too long a shot to expect that the company is waiting on the release of Silverthorne from Intel. Of course, while there are many similarities between this offering from HP and the Eee PC the differences, such as the more refined looks and better specs, will probably mean a much higher price when it becomes available. That said, you should still want one.