Dell’s Mini 9 Launches; as low as $349

We almost forgot what it was like outside the mobile phone game. You know: Leak -> Wait -> Official announcement -> Wait -> Launch! Sure plenty has been leaked as far as Dell’s latest lappy is concerned, but kudos are still in order. Just yesterday we learned that the Inspiron Mini 9 was set to be announced this week and bam; today they’re ready to order. Let’s take a look at how each of the three variants of this sweet new ultra-portable shape up specs-wise:

$349

  • Intel Atom Processor N270 (1.6GHz/533Mhz FSB/512K cache)
  • Ubuntu 8.04 OS
  • Glossy 8.9 inch LED display (1024X600)
  • RAM: 512MB DDR2 at 533MHz
  • Hard drive: 4GB Solid State Drive + 2 GB of online Box.net storage

$399

  • Intel Atom Processor N270 (1.6GHz/533Mhz FSB/512K cache)
  • Windows XP Home Edition OS
  • Glossy 8.9 inch LED display (1024X600)
  • RAM: 512MB DDR2 at 533MHz
  • Hard drive: 8GB Solid State Drive

$449

  • Intel Atom Processor N270 (1.6GHz/533Mhz FSB/512K cache)
  • Windows XP Home Edition OS
  • Glossy 8.9 inch LED display (1024X600)
  • RAM: 1GB DDR2 at 533MHz
  • Hard drive: 16GB Solid State Drive

There is a downside of course, but isn’t there always? The size is great, the gear is great but the battery is… Not so great. Basically you’re looking at about three hours of juice before the Mini 9 starts coughing and needs another fix. Yikes. The good news is that this little sucker is so small that you should have absolutely no problem fitting a heafty external battery pack in your back with it. Does that defeat the purpose? Hmm, your call.

UPDATE: If you purchase a Studio 15, XPS M1530 or XPS M1330 laptop between 6 am (Central) tomorrow and 6 am (Central) Tuesday September 9th, you can snag a Mini 9 along with it for only $99. Woo!

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