HP has changed its mind about launching its Mini 1000 in the UK, despite stating last year that it would launch mid-February from around £399.

Providing a statement to Pocket-lint, HP said that its Compaq 700 (a 10.2-inch netbook) and the HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition would cover consumer's needs here in the UK.

"HP is committed to developing new products in the mini PC market and will launch the Compaq 700 and the HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition", HP said.

"The company has assessed the current EMEA market and believes that the Compaq 700 and HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition better address the market and consumer needs. As a result the HP Mini 1000 with Mobile Internet Experience will not be introduced in EMEA".

The designer Vivienne Tam model, described as a "digital clutch" and available from Harrods, costs £449 and offers a gloss red finish with bright peony flowers on the lid, a matching mouse and a co-ordinated fashion sleeve.

We're not sure even the most metrosexual UK male consumer would consider that HP are better addressing their needs than the original, and arguably more manly, Mini 1000.