American technology firm Hewlett-Packard (HP) has announced the launch of its latest netbook, the HP Mini 1104.
The new netbook takes advantage of Intel's newest Atom processor, the Atom N2600 dual-core processor, which was released in December and offers substantial application and graphics performance upgrades. The HP Mini 1104 has a 10.1-inch screen, a nine hour battery life and a 1.6GHz specification.
The chip in the netbook , code named Cedar Trail, draws 3.5 watts of power and improves performance while preserving battery life.
Netbooks are entry-level laptops that are able to complete basic computing tasks such as internet browsing and word processing. Intel's latest processor also allows the device to play Blu-ray video.
HP have labelled the netbook a "companion PC", placing it in the same market as tablet computers like the iPad and Blackberry Playbook. HP's newest netbook weighs just over a kilogram at 1.26 kg and includes a webcam, 320GB of hard-drive storage and 2GB of RAM.
Copyright Press Association 2012