hp mini note umpc It looks as though the Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) market is going to start expanding rather rapidly. Earlier today jkOnTheRun noticed that HP started selling the HP Mini-Note UMPC at an actually affordable price ranging from $499 to $849. What really differentiates this from the Asus Eee PC is that you can get a normal SATA hard drive up to 160GB in size as opposed to just Solid State Drives. The HP Mini-Note has an 8.9-inch screen, and ships with either SUSE Linux or Windows Vista depending on which model you get.

And then news also broke today [via Engadget] that Dell will be jumping into the UMPC market come this June. Their UMPC will have an 8.9-inch screen, and will roll in at a starting price of $499. Mercury News pretty much confirmed this information with Michael Dell, the CEO, who said:

We do see opportunities for very interesting products that are smaller and lighter and address the more mobile users in a very cost-effective way… Stay tuned. We will have some interesting products coming in that space over the next two quarters.

I would guess that the specs for Dell’s UMPC will be nearly the same as HP’s. What I’m interested in is whether Dell will offer Linux as an option, and if so what distribution they’ll choose.

Let the UMPC revolution begin!