While we already had some evidence suggesting that Dell would be getting ready to unleash a low cost ultraportable in August, DigiTimes has found some industry sources who are confirming that Dell should be ready to ship the computer next month.

As expected, it looks like the cheapest Dell mini-notebook (which may or may not be called the Dell E) will cost just $299, making it one of the cheapest subnotebooks around. Unless Dell’s gotten all crazy with the specs, we can expect a laptop with an 8.9 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atcom CPU, 802.11g, 512MB of RAM, a 0.3 MP webcam and a 4GB SSD. For a few bucks more you’ll be able to get more RAM, more storage, and even a larger notebook model with a 12 inch screen.

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6 replies on “Almost confirmed: Dell E mini-notebook coming in August”

  1. I can’t help but wonder if that magical price point will inflate like the EEE, OLPC, etc.

  2. The Dell E Video (just one step up from the Classic) FTW!

    This is definitely the one I’ve been waiting for… hopefully it’ll be available with a 6-cell battery. I’ll probably get either the E Video or the Aspire One depending on which is the first to ship with a 6-cell.

  3. From the original leaked specs sheet, think the US$299 model (Dell E Classic) was not going to have a camera.

    If this does have a camera, then essentially its the Acer Aspire One, less 4Gb for US$100 cheaper

  4. @boston,

    Don’t know about that. The Wind is still cost competitive with the Dell, given the large hard drive and display. And we don’t know yet if one can actually touch type on the Dell, the way you cannot on the Eee 700, 900 and 901.

    Also, 4 GB means this thing can hold XP, plus a few software titles and that’s it. It can’t double as an iPod, in other words.

    OTOH, the Dell has the Dell badge on it.

    So I guess we’ll see. I personally am going to jump on the 6-cell Wind like a monkey on a peanut-butter-and-nanner sammich.

  5. Should be interesting to see the timing of this release. MSI seems to have really shot themselves in the foot with the Wind delay.

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