Dell E & E Slim ultraportables: look out Eee and MacBook Air!

Jun 13, 2008
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According to the latest set of leaked slides, Dell appear to have ditched their "Inspiron Mini" moniker for the company's upcoming budget ultraportable, and instead picked "Dell E".  The 8.9-inch device will come in three versions, and there will be a "Dell E Slim" notebook with a 12.1-inch display and a chassis just 0.8-inches thick.  Pricing for the Dell E will begin at $299, making for a potentially convincing argument against the Eee PC 901 or MSI's Wind.

Dell E & E Slim models & options

The three versions will be the E Classic, with 4GB flash-based storage and 512MB of RAM, the E Video, which bumps storage to 8GB and RAM to 1GB, and the E Video+ which takes storage to 12GB.  All are powered by Intel's 1.6GHz Diamondville CPU, have a WSVGA display and WiFi b/g.  The latter two models add a webcam, while the Video+ also has Bluetooth.  Each machine apparently comes with Linux and Windows XP, though there's some discussion as to whether the Linux OS is a simple quick-boot option rather than a full-blown OS.

Dell E ultraportable

Meanwhile, the E Slim will come in two versions, the basic E Slim - with a 1.3GHz SLT processor, 1GB of RAM and a 40GB 1.8-inch HDD - and the E Slim+.  The latter gets a faster 1.6GHz CPU, doubles RAM to 2GB, adds Bluetooth and gets 60GB of storage.

Availability is expected to be August for the E, with the E Slim coming in August or September; the original models will be followed by versions with WWAN and WiMAX options.  Dell also plan a second wave of updated devices in Q2 2009.


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