Details about upcoming Dell E PC netbook revealed

Dell E netbook

Engadget has landed a slide deck that reveals quite a bit of information about Dell’s upcoming netbook. The slides suggest that it will be called the Dell E and it will come in both 8.9-inch and 12.1-inch flavours.

The 8.9-inch Dell E is set to take on the Asus Eee PC and its many cousins. It looks like three models will be available: The E Classic, E Video and E Video+. The base Dell E Classic will come with a 1.6GHZ Intel Atom processor, 8.9-inch 1024×600 WSVGA display, 512MB RAM, 4GB SSD, 802.11g Wi-Fi and a Linux operating system. The Dell E Video will bump that up to 1GB RAM, 8GB SSD and a webcam. The Dell E Video+ will offer a 12GB SSD and Bluetoth. Windows XP should also be offered as an option.

Its larger brother will come in two models at first. The Dell E Slim will feature a 12.1-inch WXGA display, a 1.3GHZ Silverthorne processor, 1GB RAM, a 40GB 1.8-inch hard drive, 802.11g Wi-Fi, a webcam and a Linux operating system. The Dell E Slim+ will bump that up to a 1.6GHz Silverthorne processor, 2GB RAM and a 60GB hard drive.

All of these specifications are still subject to change. Prices are set to start at USD$299 but the slides don’t reveal how quickly prices will rise with the more powerful models.

The Dell E should hit the street around August with the S Slim to follow shortly thereafter. A roadmap slide also shows new models with WWAN and WiMAX options on the horizon for later in the year and new models again in Q2 2009.

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