Sure, the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 is still warm, having just started shipping a few weeks ago. But it appears Dell is already looking ahead to its next low cost, 10 inch mini-laptop. And this time, it’s not part of the company’s Inspiron series.
Gizmodo is running a photo from a tipster that claims it’s a leaked image showing an upcoming Dell Latitude 2100 netbook. It’ll reportedly have a 10 inch screen and a price tag of $600 or less.
These machines are aimed squarely at the educational market, not consumers. Colors include School bus Orange, Red Apple, Blue Ribbon, and I can’t quite make out what the black color is called… other than black. The computers will have solid state disks, and perhaps hard drive options, up to 2GB of RAM, and 1.6GHz CPUs. I’ll assume we’re talking about Intel Atom N270 processors until proven otherwise.
The computers will have 3 USB ports, an SD card slot, 802.11a/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3 or 6 cell batteries, while weighing less than 3 pounds. A touchscreen version may be available as well. These laptops could see the light of day in May… if they’re real.
It seems that Latitude 2100 already exists in Dell products from 2001 😉
Well, expensive netbooks don’t make much sense in a school setting. Most of the people that would be buyers of schools or at least on the buying committees would see $600 and groan. It would have to be $600 with each machine getting a 3 year service contract.
Hell OLPC could sweep in and offer machines at half that cost to Montana
Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, Alabama, Oklahoma, Arkansas, West Virginia and Mississippi school systems. And OLPC would make money doing that they could use to help kids in other countries, they could even gain better publicity through making the US school systems into “sister-schools” for the schools abroad. All the kids using the same machines to interact with each other would be excellent publicity.
“chalkboard black” of course! 😀
oh dang someone beat me to it.
I can hear it now “Teacher my battery died!”. Better not be a 3 cell. The $600 guestimate on the price had better be wrong. There are too many other quality netbooks a lot cheaper from Asus and MSI.
I’m guessing it’s “Chalkboard Black”
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