HP has high expectations for their sub-notebook: 2 million ordered

Hp_2133_umpcWe weren’t kidding when we said that 2008 will be the year of small inexpensive computers. According to DigiTimes, the OEMs in Taiwan are predicting up to 13 million units produced in the space this year. Out of those numbers, HP has apparently contracted Wistron to make 2 million units of the HP 2133, the 8.9-inch, low-cost sub-notebook that we’ve been been hearing about for the past week or so. Now what’s been contracted for vs. what’s actually going to be produced and sold could change, but the number is staggering. To put it in comparison: the original Samsung Q1 UMPC series has sold a few hundred-thousand units in the past two years. One other tidbit in case you were wondering: DigiTimes shows that the HP unit will have a traditional hard drive only, so folks holding out for SSD might be left wanting for more. I was thinking that HP might consider a low-capacity flash storage model similar to the Asus Eee PC, but it doesn’t appear so at this point.