Say hello to the Dell E, no relation to the ASUS Eee
Deep in the depths of Round Rock, Texas, however, Dell is quietly preparing its own assault. The US-based manufacturer had previously let slip its Mini Inspiron, and details on the machine have now been revealed by Engadget.
It reports that Dell's low-cost portable will be officially known as the Dell E, making clear its position as an alternative to ASUS' popular Eee.
Despite its impudent name, the Dell E could be a winner thanks to a starting price of $299. It'll feature an 8.9in screen, putting it right in line with the competition, and there could be three models; Classic, Video and Video+.
All models are said to feature a 1.6GHz Atom processor, and the basic Classic will provide 512MiB of DDR2 memory and 4GiB of flash storage. The Video and Video+ raise the bar with 1GiB of DDR2, a webcam, and 8GiB or 12GiB of storage, respectively.
Engadget's sources also suggest that Dell's E will offer both Linux and Windows XP. Linux will take the form of an instant-on BlackTop OS, similar to SplashTop, with Windows XP presumably an optional extra.
The Eee isn't Dell's only target, either. Engadget claims that Dell has a 12.1in "E-Slim" prepared to take some of the MacBook Air's newly-created super-thin market. Dell's yet-to-be-priced E-Slim is said to measure only 0.8in thick, putting it up against Apple's Air and Lenovo's X300.
The Dell E and E-Slim certainly look promising, but they won't reach retail until August at the earliest. Will you be willing to wait? Share your thoughts in the HEXUS forums.