I’m not sure if Asus will want to pursue any legal action over the naming of the Dell Inspiron Mini notebooks, because the product line will be known as the Dell E. Yes, that is two E’s short of the Eee, but don’t you think that they are stepping a little too close to being a total copycat?
In any case, some details have been revealed about the upcoming subnotebooks from Dell, including the fact that they will be offering the little laptop in two sizes. The 8.9-inch model will be called the Dell E, whereas the one with a 12.1-inch display is being dubbed the Dell E Slim. At 12-inches, the Dell E Slim is probably too big to be considered a subnotebook anymore.
The 8.9-inch Dell E will be powered by a 1.6GHz Atom processor and depending on your configuration, you can get a conventional hard drive or a solid state drive. There are also options for webcams and more RAM. The baseline model is called the Dell E Classic and comes with Linux, 4GB SSD, and WiFi for $299. The Dell E Slim+ gets a 60GB hard drive and 2GB of RAM.
Going further, all of these Inspiron Mini notebooks will get loaded with something called BlackTop, which will serve as an instant-on operating system for basic web surfing functionality. This way, you don’t have to do a full boot of Linux or Windows to do some rudimentary tasks. Look for these to drop by late August or early September.