Many PC makers are introducing low-cost PCs to compete with the Asus Eee PC but channel vendors expect Asus will keep its lead in the low-cost PC market.
Though the HP Mini-Note has a larger storage capacity because of its hard drive, its overall performance, price and battery capacity come behind those of the Eee PC, according to sources in the channel.
Compared to the Eee PC 900's four-cell battery, which can last around three hours, HP's 2133 Mini-Note battery can only support around two hours of use and the Mini-Note is priced between NT$17,900-25,900 (US$588-850), more than the NT$15,988 price for the Eee PC 900.
In addition to a Windows Vista version, HP is also planning to launch a Windows XP Pro version of its Mini-Note in May, while in July and August the company will launch the device with different versions of Windows XP.
The sources expect the demand for the HP Mini-Note will not pick up until the Windows XP version comes out.