Dell & Acer Reveal Subnotebook Entries

Giants hop on an increasing claustrophobic bandwagon.

We’ve known they were coming for some time, but suddenly both Dell and Acer’s subnotebooks have been snapped on the same day…

Coming to Dell first and it was chatty CEO Michael Dell who whipped out the company’s Eee PC rival – dubbed the Mini Inspiron (hopefully a work in progress) – for tech blog site Gizmodo. He didn’t go into specs but we do know it has decent connectivity with three USB ports, a card reader, VGA out and Ethernet (plus surely WiFi). An Intel Atom CPU is also the likely beating heart of choice while guestimations suggest it sports an 8.9in LCD and weighs around the kilo mark.

Expect an official release on this any minute…

As for Acer, it’s entry – the ‘Aspire One’ – we know virtually nothing about other than what you see in the leaked shots from UMPC Portal. So, despite the customised OS, the keyboard suggests it will run on Windows (probably with a Linux option), it also looks like an 8.9 incher in the sub-kilo brigade. Expect more come Computex…

In related news, Dell is also announcing the Vostro 410 desktop this week. It’s a Core 2 Quad based machine with optional 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT, space to house up to four internal HDDs and six PCIe or PCI cards. It comes with Gigabit Ethernet, up to 4GB of RAM and a dual-layer DVD burner. Prices start from under £300 (obviously at a much lower spec) and its party trick is a purported 47 per cent energy saving due to its ‘Energy Smart Settings’. The figure is derived when compared to a standard 410 without them.

Tree snuggling time.

”’Update:”’ Official pics are out for the Dell…

Gizmodo Dell Story
UMPC Portal Leak
Dell Vostro Line

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