Dell readies ultra-portable?

Dell readies ultra-portable?

Summary: The Gizmodo site writes that one of their number bumped into Michael Dell who was carrying a brand new ultra-portable.“He was nice enough to show me this laptop that he was carrying that he said no one's seen before.

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The Gizmodo site writes that one of their number bumped into Michael Dell who was carrying a brand new ultra-portable.

“He was nice enough to show me this laptop that he was carrying that he said no one's seen before. It's a small form factor notebook, just like the Asus Eee and the HP 2133. He wouldn't tell me what OS it's running, or the pricing, but that it's a low-cost notebook meant for developing countries, and I hope here. Maybe it's Atom-powered. Who knows? But I do see three USB ports, a card reader, VGA out, Ethernet, and that red candy shell.”

Dell Mini Inspiron

It is a long expected mover from Dell and perhaps no surprise that even if low cost portables are not eating into the company profits too much at the moment, may well do in the future.

Dell Mini Inspiron with pencil

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  • Dell readies ultra-portable?

    There's now a post on a <a href="http://yourblog.direct2dell.com/2008/05/28/something-from-dell-at-d6/">Dell product PR blog</a> acknowledging the existence of the mini notebook. There's a couple of images labelled 'Mini Inspiron', so it's probably going to be part of that range.

    What's also interesting is that the design seems, in part, to have come from Dell's <a href="http://www.ideastorm.com/article/show/10079892/">IdeaStorm</a> effort, which lets users suggest what features and new products they'd like to see from Dell. If the PC maker has really listened, then it can only help make the mininotebook a success, surely?
    Karen Friar