HP slipped new Intel Atom processors into the very popular HP Mini 210 HD netbook (review) as well as the HP Mini 110 netbook. The Mini 210 and Mini 110 now ship with the 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455 processor standard and a 1.83GHz Intel Atom N475 CPU option available for $25 more.
The Intel Atom N455 and N475 do not bring about major changes to the Atom lineup but notably it does provide support for DDR3 RAM in the Mini 210 series; though the system still only supports a total of 2GB. The new N455 and N475 have a higher TPD rating than the N450 and N470 processors they are replacing, 6.5 W versus 5.5 W, but we’ll have to wait for hands on to see if this translates into a power increase that is noticeable to the average consumer.
Netbooks like the HP Mini 210 equipped with one of the new Intel Atom N455 or N475 processors will still only be capable of basic netbook tasks and users seeking to play HD video should look at the $40 Mini 210 upgrade that includes the Intel Atom N475 processor and Broadcom Crystal HD Video accelerator.