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.

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10 replies on “Update from the Dell press event: No Inspiron Mini today”

  1. That 4200 doesn’t look too bad, but I’m sure it’ll be pricey.

    Was really hoping the Mini E would come out soon – I’m in need of a <$1000 mini notebook with SSD and a non-gimpy right shift key (haven't been able to find any good pics of the mini e's shift) before September. Any suggestions?

  2. I need a mini notebook for school August 25th! I was realllly hoping they would release it, or at least give us a date! I’m getting impatient and the eee 1000 is looking pretty good…

  3. Those are bad news; anyway, I do not really need it until end of september, otherwise I will go for an asus

    1. I’m in the same boat as you. I need a new netbook and I was holding out for the Dell but I may get an Aspire or 1000H tomorrow depending on what happens with Dell’s press conference tomorrow:


      I’m guessing Dell with just talk about the new Latitudes, but he might give up the E, we’ll have to wait and see.

      1. I got the same problem, I need a netbook before september 25th. And there is not one totally convincing me.

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