The folks at Brazilian blog Zumo say they got a chance to tour the Dell complex in Austin and get some more details about the upcoming low cost laptop from Dell. We’ve seen reports that the laptop would be called the Dell E, while other reports say it will be dubbed the Inspiron Mini. Zumo’s going with the latter. Here’s what they say you’ll get for your $300:

  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU
  • Intel 945 Express/GMA950 graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8.9 inch 1240 x 600 pixel display
  • 8GB SSD
  • Windows XP or Linux
  • 3 USB ports
  • 802.11b/g
  • Ethernet
  • 32 Wh battery
  • Card reader
  • Black, white and red colors

There’s really not much in here that we hadn’t heard before, so there’s no reason to doubt the specs — aside from the odd screen resolution. I’m going to assume some numbers got transposed and that the actual resolution is 1024 x 600 pixels.

[via Small-Laptops]

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6 replies on “$299 Dell Inspiron Mini laptop due out in August”

  1. I would not be at all surprised if the SSD turns out to be slow as it is on the Acer Aspire One and Eee PC 900 16G. In order to pack 8GB of storage at $299, Dell (like Acer and Asus) has to make some compromises somewhere. Still, it will be interesting to see how fast Blacktop will boot up on the Dell Enspiron Meeeni. ExpressGate didn’t look all that impressive on the EeeBox.

    1. …Oh yeah…

      …As long as the keyboard is at least as big as the HP 2133.

      I primarily plan on using one of these to write when I’m out and about, and the EEE keyboard is way too small but the HP is fine (I tried both at retail stores).

      But if Dell makes the keyboard somewhere between the HP and the EEE, it’s the HP for me, despite the fact it’s slightly less performing and more expensive. An ultraportable is great, but only if you can use the thing!

      With any luck, the flood of ultraportables (and HP’s new dual core version) will cause HP to cut their price on their 2133.

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