HP is reportedly in negotiations with Intel to use the Intel Atom processor in the regular notebooks. Sadly, it would be difficult to do so as the Intel Atom was made to be run only on the netbooks and due to the restriction that they are allowed to be used only in the devices with 10.2″ or less, HP is going to have a hard-time convincing the Intel to use the Atom in their regular notebooks.
Well, it is true that the Intel don’t want the OEMs and companies to use the Intel Atom processor in the regular notebooks. But, the Dell mini 12 is a 12.1″ Netbook, which uses regular notebook resolution too (1280 x 800) uses hte Intel Atom processor. So, this means that Intel has infact allowed some companies to use Intel Atom processor in some devices.
Is the market ready for the netbooks breaking into 13-inch+ category? Well, not all people need the power of the Core 2 Duo or Dual-Core processors. Majority of the Notebook users use their devices for Internet and for running office productivity applications. Intel Atom has no problem running them.
HP has a great brand image and with high volume sales, HP may be able to get Intel convinced.