Dell is launching a new 12 inch notebook in Japan today. The Vostro 1220 will be available through Dell Small Business in Japan for 79,980 Yen including Tax. That’s about $838 US. But bear in mind, computers tend to cost more in Japan.
The Dell Vostro 1220 has a 12.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display and a Intel Centrino 2 CPU and GM45 chipset. The notebook weighs 3.4 pounds, making it heavy for a netbook, but light for a laptop. And with that CPU, size, weight, and price I don’t think this notebook is really aimed at your traditional netbook buyer.
The laptop will come with a choice of a 160GB 5400rpm hard drive or 250GB/320GB, 7200rpm hard drive. 4 and 6 cell battery options are available, and Dell says the 6 cell battery should provide up to 9 hours of run time.
Update: The Dell Vostro 1220 is now available in the US for $799 and up.
Well i have a compaq mini laptop which i got it free from three through https://www.domesticutilities.com on mobile broadband and i think thats better then this dell laptop.
Sounds like a nice entry into that middle ground between a NetBook and LapTop.
Will be interesting to see if some product(s) can define that “middle ground”.
Larger than 12.x inch and your well into LapTop land – –
Smaller than 10.y inch and your well into NetBook land – –
But in-between, a manufacturer can still define what the “expected features” are.
Is there a market in that middle ground? Time will tell.
It will be interesting to see just how well all these Atom powered small notebooks sell over the next year. The manufacturers seem to think 12″ is the sweet spot but I am not convinced. While they tend to be cheaper than traditional notebooks and have better battery life they don’t have the processing power of the traditional laptop and don’t have the ultra portability of a netbook.
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