The low-cost, sub-notebook market is just about to get even
more crowded in the coming months. ASUS took a risk by entering
the market late last year, but it appears that many major manufacturers are
now looking to cash in on the low-cost gravy train.
reported that HP is stepping up to the plate with its aluminum-clad,
Mini-Note PC. The 8.9" notebook offers a wide variety of processor
speeds ranging from 1.0GHz to 1.6GHz along with solid-state drive (SSD), 5400
RPM and 7200 RPM HDDs.
Today, we've learned that Dell will soon enter the fray with
8.9" sub-notebook. Compal will have the capacity to ship 200,000 to
300,000 of the notebooks to Dell each month beginning in early June.
The launch of Dell's new sub-notebook will coincide with the
availability of Intel's
new Atom processors which are destined to take the mobile and consumer
electronics markets by storm. The chips promise respectable performance with a
TDP of just 4W on the Diamondville-based
Atoms (8W TDP for dual-core versions) destined for low-cost PCs.
Michael Dell confirmed that his
company is indeed working on the notebook when asked a question about HP's
recently announced 2133 Mini-Note. "We will introduce a similar laptop," said Dell. "We do
see opportunities for very interesting products that are smaller and lighter
and address the more mobile users in a very cost-effective way."
Dell's entry will have some stiff competition by the time it
arrives in June. The notebook will not only have to face the aforementioned HP
notebook, but also the ASUS
Eee PC 900, ECS
CloudBook Max, Intel
Classmate and a variety
of other contenders.