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Dell Launches the Inspiron Mini 12 Netbook

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Dell today officially introduced the Inspiron Mini 12, a small, easy-to-carry Internet companion that you can fine tune to fit your specific needs and deeds. Like its counterpart the Inspiron Mini 9, the Mini 12 is ideal for surfing the Web, office work, videos, music and even some games. With a starting weight of only 2.72 lbs. and only 0.92 in. thick, current standard features on the Inspiron Mini 12 include a sharp 12.1-inch WXGA (1280x800 resolution) display, a 1.3GHz Atom Z520 or a 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor, 1GB of RAM and a choice of 60GB or 80GB hard drive. The Inspiron Mini 12 also comes with a built-in 1.3MP camera, Bluetooth and 802.11b/g wireless connectivity, 3x USB ports, VGA out, and a 3-in-1 card reader. Initially the new netbook will be available in Japan through Bic Camera, Kojima and Sofmap stores and other retail outlets. It will launch online globally by late November with configurations starting under $600 (U.S.). Models with Ubuntu and Windows XP operating systems preinstalled will also be available before the end of the year.



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Atom Z520/Z530 is a single core processor with HyperThreading (series 200), not a dual core (series 300).

The Z520/Z530 is like the "desktop" version of Atom (230) but MINUS the x86-64 bit extensions. I guess that means no Windows XP64 and no Vista64.

IMO, given how cheap memory is today, any Atom system should really have 2GB memory to "make up" for the weak processors.
 
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Any news on when we'll get it in the US besides "Late November?"
 
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