Dell's new subnotebook spotted at All Things D

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Gizmodo managed to catch up with Michael Dell at yesterday's All D Conference and he cagily spilled the beans to them on their rumored upcoming entry into the subnotebook field, the Dell Mini Inspiron. Writes Lam:

It's a small form factor notebook, just like the Asus Eee and the HP 2133. He wouldn't tell me what OS it's running, or the pricing, but that it's a low-cost notebook meant for developing countries, and I hope here. Maybe it's Atom-powered. Who knows? But I do see three USB ports, a card reader, VGA out, Ethernet, and that red candy shell.

It actually looks great, unlike most of the recent Eee-like subnotebooks, And it comes in my favorite laptop color: hussy red! Without any specs or pricing, though, there's little reason to get excited. Still, I'm wondering: Dell and Ubuntu have a partnership, and Ubuntu has recently announced that they will be tailoring a version of Ubuntu specifically for subnotebooks. I don't think it's too implausible to imagine that Dell has prodded Ububtu in that direction with the specific aim of pushing Ubuntu onto their new Mini-Inspirons, do you?

Dell Mini Inspiron: Their First Mini-Laptop [Gizmodo]

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  1. Cool to see other shops jumping on the “sub-notebook” (not sure we really need that word, it’s still a laptop, guys, just a small one) bandwagon. I’ve got an HP 2133 and absolutely love it (posting on it right now) – once you take Vista away and put XP on there, it runs like a champ and is so easy to throw in a bag and take everywhere.

    Personally, I don’t like the “hussy red” color, but the shiny shell certainly looks attractive. The 2133’s got a brushed metal look that I really like, too. Wonder what the specs on the Dell will turn out to be. The 1280×800 screen was what sold me on the 2133 over the other options, and that’s a choice I haven’t regretted.

  2. Can anyone tell me why these things don’t seem to have DVI/HDMI ports? Only VGA.

    If it did, it seems like one of these would be the perfect replacement to my old and underpowered Mac Mini—still underpowered, but pluggable and *portable*.

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