CES: HP says new netbook can run for up to 8 hours between charges

Mini 2140 offers six-cell 'all day' battery as an option; conventional unit should last four hours

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Packaged in the same aluminum case as the 2133, the new netbook comes with a 10-in. LCD widescreen display that can be set for a resolution of either 1024-by-576 or 1366-by-768. The 2.6-lb. machine also includes a built-in Wi-Fi connection, and customers can choose between a 160GB disk drive or an 80GB solid-state drive.

They also have their choice of operating system, including Novell Inc.'s SUSE Linux, the Home and Professional versions of Windows XP, and Windows Vista Home Basic or Business.

Pricing starts at $499 for the XP Home model with 1GB of RAM, the 160GB hard drive, the three-cell battery and a one-year warranty. Thornton said an XP Pro version costs $649 with 2GB of RAM, the 160GB drive and the six-cell battery.

The 2140 will sport the same 92%-of-full-size keyboard as the 2133, along with a DuraKeys coating that provides protection against spills and UV rays, Thornton said. He added that if the new netbook is dropped, an accelerometer detects the fall and removes the hard drive heads from the disk in order to avoid damaging it and reduce the potential for data loss.

The system also includes a fast-charge mode that should charge its battery to 90% capacity within 90 minutes, according to Thornton.

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