Looks like we had a false alarm. Dell is indeed announcing 10 laptops today. But as far as I can tell, none of them is the Dell Inspiron Mini. Rather, the company is rolling out a new line of business-focused Latitude laptops.
There are a few exciting things here. Dell is promising battery life of up to19 hours. You get 9 hours from a standard 9 cell battery, and a “battery slice” add-on that gives you another 10 hours. Batteries can be charged to 80% in as little as an hour.
Interestingly, these laptops do carry the Dell E series name, which is the label we had earlier heard applied to the Inspiron Mini.
One of the laptops is a 12.1 inch ultramobile PC that weighs less than 1 kilogram and includes solid state memory. This may be the product that was once known as a “Dell E Slim.”
I’ll keep monitoring the press event to see if there’s any word about the Inspiron Mini, but I’m not holding my breath right now.
Update: It’s official. No netbooks today.