Dell has launched an inexpensive laptop with a small
keyboard and screen, dubbed a netbook, four months after it was
originally anticipated that the Texan firm would enter the netbook
Set to enter the Australia market on September 10, the Inspiron
Mini 9 will be available for AU$599. The machine will feature an
8.9-inch LED display (1,024x600) and weighs 1.035kg, according to
specifications released by Dell.
In Australia the Inspiron Mini 9 will come pre-installed with
Microsoft Windows XP SP3, however no Linux version will be
available despite the availability of Ubuntu 8.04 in the UK for £269.
Other features in the Mini include a 16GB SSD, an Intel Atom
processor at 1.6 GHz and 1GB of RAM. The Australian release will
include 802.11b/g WiFi and a webcam as standard. The Mini 9 will
include a one-year warranty.
There has been speculation about whether the introduction of
Mini 9 has been delayed from an earlier date. Back in May, Dell's
chief executive, Michael Dell, was spotted with a version of the
system, and it was believed that its launch was imminent.