Dell announces Inspiron Mini 12 netbook

Dell's eagerly-awaited notebook, the Inspiron Mini 12,will be offered on sale in Japan before the US and Europe.

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Dell's eagerly-awaited notebook, the Inspiron Mini 12,will be on sale in mid-November.

The new machine will have a screen larger than most a netbook with a 12.1-inch CCFL (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp) illuminated screen and weighs 1.23kg. It is powered by Intel's Atom Z520 1.33-GHz processor or the Z530 1.6-GHz 2-watt Menlo Silverthorn processors. These units also house a 40, 60, or 80GB 1.8-inch 4200 rpm hard drive.

The base system comes with a 3-cell processor, which Dell said would yield three hours battery life. (And optional 6-cell exists, but that tacks on another $30 to the price.). The machine offers Vista as the default operating system but Ubuntu Linux and Windows XP OSs will be available before the end of 2008..

Dell's new mini-notebooks have a VGA out (only slightly smaller than the thickness of the device), three USB ports, a SD / MMC flash card slot, an RJ-45 ethernet 10/100 jack, a 1.3 megapixel camera, and the ability to transmit Bluetooth 2.1 and 802.11 b/g. The PC retails between $500(£300) and $600(£370), depending on configuration options.

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