updated 07:35 am EDT, Wed April 15, 2009
Dell Mini 11 Likely August
Dell's upcoming Inspiron Mini 11 ultraportable should ship in mid-summer, Taiwan's Commercial Times newspaper hints. Although the specific model isn't mentioned by name, PC assembly contractor Compal is claimed to have received orders for a Dell "ultra-thin notebook" using Intel's Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) processors that will be delivered in August, matching the description of the portable. Lenovo and Toshiba may also pick Compal to build CULV systems.
The Mini 11 has been characterized as an effective replacement for the Mini 12 which would use a much faster processor, 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive and an 11.6-inch screen but cost just $499, or only a relatively small amount more than netbooks.