Gizmodo’s Brian Lam managed to convince Michael Dell to let him snap a few photos of a prototype mini-laptop. We’ve known for a while that Dell plans to launch an Eee PC/HP Mini-Note competitor. But there’s been no real word on what the PC would look like, what kind of specs it would have, how much it would cost, or when it would be released.

Most of those questions are still unanswered, but the little PC that Michael Dell had under his arm is certainly one of the more attractive low-cost ultraportables I’ve seen. I’m hoping that his willingness to show it off (even if he didn’t let Lam power it up or find out what operating system it was running) means we’ll be seeing more of this unit next week at Computex.

The computer is targeted at customers in developing markets. But given the success of the Eee PC in developed nations like the US and Europe, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Dell mini (or whatever it’s called) released in developed nations as well.

It looks like the computer’s got 3 USB ports, a VGA output, an SD/Memory stick slot, Ethernet, and audio ports.

You can check out some more photos over at Gizmodo.

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