Verizon intros HP Mini 210 netbook, might launch LiMo phones later this year

Verizon has just launched a new netbook from HP, the Mini 210 – available as of now for $149.99 with a 2-yr contract agreement and a Mobile Broadband plan (after a $100 mail-in rebate).

The HP Mini 210 is based on an Intel Atom N450 processor at 1.66 GHz, runs Windows 7 Starter and can be connected to CDMA/EV-DO networks, as well as GSM/HSDPA ones.

The netbook also features a 10.1 inch display, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, webcam, HP CloudDrive, HP QuickSync, 1GB RAM, 250GB hard drive, and a battery that can last up to 8.75 hours.

Since Verizon and HP are such good palls, maybe they’ll also launch an HP slate with WebOS.

Before that to happen, Verizon might introduce LiMo phones – according to Reuters. The largest US mobile carrier was included by LiMo Foundation’s executive director Morgan Gillis in a list of carriers that could have LiMo handsets before the end of 2010. The other carriers mentioned are France Telecom, Telefonica and SK Telecom.

Based on Linux, LiMo isn’t as popular as Android (which is also Linux-based), and yet about 60 phones are using it worldwide – mostly in Japan and Korea, although Vodafone has also launched two LiMo phones made by Samsung.

Morgan Gillis declared:

“I think that the eventual number of industry device operating systems will be no more than five, probably four. Within that, one platform that is not owned by any one company – LiMo – is definitely a candidate to perform that role.”

Besides LiMo, Mr. Gillis sees Android, Symbian, iPhone and Windows Phone as the mobile operating systems of the future, so to say. He’s clearly forgetting about RIM’s BlackBerry OS, which won’t go anywhere anytime soon, as well as about Bada OS – which already benefits from Samsung’s strong support. Will LiMo be more popular than BlackBerry and Bada in a few years from now? I highly doubt it – although, well, anything can happen.

Author: Florin

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  • rhymes

    MeeGo from Intel and Nokia is another possibility …