Dell is running another one of their one-day only specials for the Inspiron Mini 9 (Mini 9n in this case). It’s $50 off the base model, with a starting price of $199.
$199 gets you a Dell Inspiron Mini 9n with:
– Intel Atom N270 (1.6GHz)
– 512MB DDR2 RAM
– 8GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
– 4-Cell Battery
– Ubuntu Linux 8.04.1
– 8.9″ 1024×600 Display
– Alpine White or Obsidian Black
It started this morning at 6am CDT (US) and ends tomorrow morning at 5:59am CDT or while supplies are available.
Dell Home and Home Office – Inspiron Mini 9 only $199 after $50 off.
Pocket-lint is reporting that the new 13.4-inch Dell Adamo does not have a user-replaceable battery. At this time, Dell hasn’t mentioned any costs associated with a new or replacement battery.
This mirrors the 13.3-inch Apple MacBook Air as well as Apple’s high-end 17-inch MacBook Pro.
As Pocket-lint points out, this means people won’t be able to hot-swap batteries, and will have to send them in to Dell to have the battery serviced/replaced.
When you look at the MacBook Air, Dell’s decision does makes sense, when you take into account just how thin the Adamo is. The Adamo is only 0.65 inches (16.51mm) thick, while the MacBook Air is 0.16 – 0.76 inches (4 – 19.4 mm). When you are designing something this thin and light and ultraportable, certain sacrifices have to be made in order to fit a battery that has an acceptable amount of battery life, and removing the mechanism(s) involved in user-replaceable batteries does help.
We’ll treat it as a rumor for now, but macles* has had good information in the past. As macles* points out, up until now, most “new” Acer Aspire Ones were just a slightly larger version of the original 8.9″ AAO, including the 10.1″ Acer Aspire One D150, but there was the mysterious slim Acer Aspire One ZG8 / A0530 that recently popped up at the FCC.
If you’ll recall, about a month ago, there was a report that Acer and Asustek would be launching 11.6-inch netbooks sometime this year.
macles* is now reporting that the resolution of the 11.6″ Aspire One is 1366×768, which meatches the earlier report that Acer would be launching an 11.6-inch model. From the photos at macles, it looks like the keyboard is “chiclet-style” or “scrabble-style”, similar to the Asus Eee PC 1000HE (or 13.3″ MacBook).
Mentioned is the Atom Z530 CPU, as well as the Intel SCH USW15S (aka Poulsbo), with an Intel GMA 500 graphics chipset (aka PowerVR SGX 535), with improved hardware decoding of certain codecs (H.264, etc.). macles* mentions a Thermal Design Power (TDP) rating of 4.3W, which more than cuts in half the TDP of the Intel chipset, allowing for up to 4 hours with a standard (3-cell?) battery and up to 8 hours with a high capacity battery (6-cell?). The Z530 matches earlier reports of the slim/slimmer Acer Aspire One (since that CPU plus the Poulsbo chipset would allow for reduced cooling requirements as well as size).
Last week, TechRadar UK posted an interview with Asustek’s CEO, Jerry Shen. Shen discussed Asustek’s upcoming plans for their Eee PC lineup, as well as slightly larger devices.
He mentioned that the focus of the Eee PC “Seashell”, aka the Asus Eee PC 1008/HA was on “easy, excellent, and exciting”, but that “economical” came about as a result.
The most interesting thing to come out of the interview was Shen’s discussion of what Asus is calling the “Fold/Unfold” laptop. It’s planned to be available sometime in the second half of 2009 (Asustek is aiming for September/October), and Shen compared it to Apple’s MacBook Air. Pricing is set for somewhere between $1000 and $1500 USD, and they expect it to have a major impact on the market (nearly as significant as the original 7″ Eee PCs). It will also have one of the newer polymer batteries, with up to 5 hours of battery life.
Shen also discussed what Asustek plans to do as far as nettops/home theater PCs (HTPC) and connecting to TVs in the living room and using them as PC displays.
Read: TechRadar UK
We are finally getting some release dates for the upcoming 10-inch LG X120.
Earlier this month, it was reported that the X110 would be available in the US before July, with a European release this month (March) for the X120.
Engadget found a press release from LGE stating the following shipping dates:
– March – Japan
– April – Europe and 20 other nations
Chances are high that the “20 other nations” includes mostly Asian countries. Whether the Intel Atom-based X120 will be available in the US or not remains to be seen. The earlier report was mainly focused on the X110 being LG’s entry into the US PC market. It’s possible the X110 and X120 could be made available in the US around the same time – AT&T has apparently expressed an interest in selling netbooks from LG, and they already have a solid relationship with them through their cell/mobile phone sales.
– LGE.co.kr – Translated – English