Dell 'No Comment' on Inspiron Mini 11 Netbook Rumors

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2009-04-06 Print this article Print

A German Website posts documents it says are leaked road maps for Dell's netbook lineup. If true, three models - for three price points and preferences - could be out soon. In a tough economy with slowed hardware spending, netbooks is a category that's still expected to see growth.

Dell may soon be releasing a new line of netbooks.

Engadget recently reported that a German Website,, got a hold of slides that it says are of Dell's road map for its netbooks. If true, a new Mini 11 netbook could be out sometime before the end of the third quarter of 2009, with a starting price of $299.

The Inspiron Mini 10, Dell's current model, would include options for Microsoft Vista, a 3G modem and possibly a 1.86GHz Intel Atom processor on April 17 and a new 1.6GHz Atom N270 in May. In the second half of the year, everything would be updated again with Intel's Pine Trail processors.

A spokesperson said Dell's official response is: "Dell does not comment on speculation around future road map investigations."

What's more certain is that Dell is now offering the option of a high-definition display for the Mini 10. The standard display is a 10-inch, 1,024-by-576-pixel display; for $35 more, users can now choose to update to 1,366 by 768 pixels, which represents 720 pixels of vertical resolution--or high-definition video mode.

According to researcher iSuppli, worldwide netbook shipments increased by more than 2000 percent in 2008 and are expected to rise 68.6 percent in 2009.


Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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