Competition in the subnotebook market will soon be heating up even more, as the Dell E will reportedly be released its first entry into this category next month.
To qualify as a subnotebook, a device has to be both low-cost but also easily portable… typically 3 pounds or less. There are already a number of these available. The Asus Eee PC is probably the best known, but the Acer Aspire one and the MSI Wind U100 are giving it solid competition.
According unconfirmed reports, the Dell E will have one significant advantage over these models: it’s expected to sell for $300, which is $100 less than any of it competitors.
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This subnotebook will hit the market some time in August, according to DigiTimes.
What the Earlier Rumors Say
Rumors of the Dell E have been circulating for some time. They say this will be a low-cost device targeted at emerging markets and people looking for a second computer for light web browsing tasks.
It will supposedly be available with either Linux or Windows XP, and powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor.
This 2.2 lb. subnotebook will have 8.9-inch display with a resolution of 1,024 by 600 pixels.
There will reportedly be a range of configurations, including a "bare-bones" E Classic, an E Video with more RAM and internal storage, and an E Video+ with a webcam and Bluetooth. It appears that all configurations will have Wi-Fi, USB ports, and VGA Out.
The original Dell E will supposedly be followed up by a second generation slated for the second quarter of 2009.
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