DigiTimes sources report that Dell could launch its Dell E netbook as early as August (reinforcing earlier rumours). The Dell E is Dell’s entry into the netbook market which already features the Asus Eee PC family, the MSI Wind and Acer Aspire One. While entering the market later than many, it could catch up with many with its low starting price point.
The Dell E is widely expected to come in three configurations: 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. DigiTimes reports that it could sell for USD$299. The Dell E Video will bump specifications up to 1GB RAM, 8GB SSD and a webcam. The Dell E Video+ would offer a 12GB SSD and Bluetooth. Windows XP should also be offered as an option.
Dell is also planning a 12.1-inch series, called the Dell E Slim, but there is no word yet on pricing or availability.