Brazilian tech rumor site Zumo seem pretty sure they’ve got the inside scoop on the stats for Dell’s new
mini-note netbook, the Dell E. The price point of the E has been widely rumored to be $299 and Zumo sticks with that, so what will you be getting for your triplicate of jowled Benjamins?
A lot more than you’re getting in most competing netbooks, it seems. Zumo claims that the E will feature a 1.6GHz Intel Atom, 1GB of RAM, an Intel 945 Express Graphics Chipset, 8GB SSD, Wi-Fi, a memory card reader (mais natch) and an implausible 1240×600 (probably 1024×600) resolution. It will also run an unspecified version of Linux… hopefully Ubuntu, but that’s just my own speculation-slash-wishful-thinking based on Dell’s healthy relationship with Canonical.
Those $299 specs are a backboard breaking slam dunk for Dell in the netbook market if true. But also interesting is that Zumo claims the Dell E is now née: it will be shipped as the Mini Inspiron. Yes, it’s a typical Dell name — utterly bereft of imagination — but anything was better than E, short of the Dell Fff.
* – I still rather like the term “mini-notebooks” to refer to Eee-class machines, but the rest of gadget blogdom seems to have gravitated to “netbook” and I’ve finally been dragged kicking and screaming and sliding floor splinters under my fingernails into the new Newspeak.