The trend toward tiny PCs isn’t going away anytime soon, as they only seem to be picking up more popularity over time. Between their versatility and lower price, it makes sense that people would want these little guys to be a part of their system. HP, which currently has its own line called the HP Pavalion Mini, looks like it might be bringing an upgrade in the form of Broadwell processors to its mini-computers very soon, adding some power and making them a better value with current hardware.
Originally, the HP Mini line featured a $320 model with an Intel Pentium Haswell processor or a more expensive $450 model that came with an Intel Core i3 Haswell chip.
The new models, as spotted on HP’s Middle East website, will come in two different flavors. The first one is called the HP Pavilion Mini 300-130ne and it will feature an Intel Core i3-5005U processor, 4GB of RAM, a 1 TB SATA HDD, and Intel HD Graphics 5500. The higher-end model, called the HP Pavilion Mini 300-150ne will feature an Intel Core i5-5200U chip and 8GB of RAM, along with the same HDD and graphics as the cheaper model.
Both of the new mini PCs from HP will feature HDMI and DisplayPort, an SD slot, four USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, putting them ahead of many other mini PCs in terms of flexibility.
While no official release date has yet been given for HPs new computers in the United States, interestingly, they are listed as having Windows 8.1 installed, which implies that they may hit the streets before Windows 10’s July 29 release date. Prices for these new models are also not available, but if HP was seeing success with the fourth-generation-toting models, it seems likely that it would want to keep the upgraded version at least in the same price range, under $500, at which they were being offered until now.