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Dell Quits The Netbook Business

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Back in October we heard that Dell was planning on joining the likes of Acer, Asus and Toshiba by producing an Ultrabook – and it seems as if that was the death knell for the company’s consumer netbook range.

While netbooks have become less prominent than when they first launched to great acclaim in 2007, companies like Toshiba and Samsung continue to produce the budget portable laptops.

However Dell has decided to get out of the game and has confirmed to The Verge that it will be exiting the consumer netbook market, though it would continue to supply the business-orientated Latitude netbooks.

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Dell has also confirmed that it will continue to sell the Inspiron Duo convertable laptop which it claims has been selling well since launching ewarlier this year.

The issue first came to light when website Liliputing spotted that the Dell Inspiron Mini netbooks were no longer available from the Dell.com website and as well as killing off the Inspiron Mini range, Dell has confirmed that it won’t be releasing any new netbooks based on Intel’s up-coming Cedar Trail platform.

When asked about the direction for Dell in the ultra-portable market now, Dell's Marketing Director Alison Gardner was very clear about the strategy: "Thin and powerful is where it is at for us." And nothing says thin and powerful more than an Ultrabook – or a MacBook Air of course.

We expect Dell to unveil its Wistron-designed Ultrabook at CES next month and we’ll be on hand to get all the details from Las Vegas.

Have you ever used a Dell netbook? Are you sad to see them go? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Liliputing and The Verge

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