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Dell Inspiron Mini 11 set for summer release?

Dell Inspiron Mini 11 set for summer release?

We don't know if this for real or not, but the Internet is abuzz with a rumor that the Inspiron Mini 11 will be shipping sometime this summer from Dell according to DigiTimes.

A lot of this is based on hearsay, but it seems to be legit. For instance, Compal is saying they have received orders for an "ultra-thin notebook" from Dell that relies on the Consumer Ultra Low Voltage processor from Intel.

These notebooks are set to be released in August and bear much of the same specs as the Mini 11. This CULV system will feature a 250GB HDD, 2GB RAM, and an 11.6-inch display. But of course, we'll just have to wait and see if this pans out.

MSI Wind U123, X-Slim X320 & X340 video demo

MSI Wind U123, X-Slim X320 & X340 video demo

After MSI confirmed the US specs for their Wind U123 netbook and larger X-Slim X320 and X340 ultraportables yesterday, we were keen to spend some hands-on time with the slick notebooks.  Of the selection, the MSI X-Slim X340 is undoubtedly our favorite, but there's plenty to recommend the others: how about 5.5hrs runtime from the 6-cell battery, or 8.5hrs from the 9-cell, on the Wind U123?

Video demo after the cut

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Intel slash CULV CPU prices to tempt manufacturers

Intel slash CULV CPU prices to tempt manufacturers

Intel is believed to be heavily discounting its CULV processors - by more than 50-percent according to some manufacturers - in an attempt to promote the consumer ultra-low voltage platform.  HP, Dell and Acer are rumored to have been offered CULV chips at $65 each (when bought in bulk), a considerable reduction from the unit list-price of $152.

Acer, ASUS & MSI face tough year as Dell, HP CULV notebooks predicted

Acer, ASUS & MSI face tough year as Dell, HP CULV notebooks predicted

We could see a significant shake-up of the consumer ultraportable notebook segment in the second-half of 2009, claim Taiwanese market sources, as current mainstays Acer, ASUS and MSI find themselves under increased pressure from Dell and HP.  First-tier laptop manufacturers are expected to begin launching entry-level 11- and 13-inch ultraportables based on Intel's Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage (CULV) platform in Q3 this year.

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Intel CULV platform rumored; ultra-low voltage products launching 2009

Intel CULV platform rumored; ultra-low voltage products launching 2009

AMD may be rolling out all manner of cost-saving strategies today, but they may have to find a few more million out of the collective budget if Intel have their way.  According to a Digitimes report, Intel are planning a new consumer ultra-low voltage (CULV) platform, intended for ultraportable notebooks including some of the larger netbook-style designs we've heard rumor of lately, to take on AMD's Yukon platform.

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