Dell has released a red version of their popular Inspiron Mini 9 for the Japanese market. The red netbook will finally be released today in Japan, after being rumored to exist since May. Dell Japan has also announced the Inspiron Mini 9 Platinum Package, which features a 32GB SSD for ¥54,980 or about $565.The company offers no word when or if the Red Mini will be coming to America.
Dell is finally set to release the Inspiron Mini 12 in North America. The company has begun taking orders for the 12-inch netbook. The base price of $549 will net you a unit featuring a 1.33GHz Atom processor, 1GB of memory, 40GB hard drive and a standard 3 cell battery. If you cough up $758, you’ll get the top end machine. This model comes equipped with a 1.66GHz Atom processor, 80GB hard drive and a 6 cell battery. All versions ship with Windows Vista Home. The units will ship out to American consumers in December.
Dell has released a new member of it’s popular Inspiron Mini line, the Mini 12. The netbook is only available in Japan, but that will change soon. The computer comes with either a 1.3 GHz Atom Z520 processor or a 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor. It can sport a hard drive up to 80GBs. It has 1GB of RAM, bluetooth functionality and WiFi. There is also a 12-inch 1280 x 800 display. Amazingly, it weighs only 2.72 pounds and is less than one inch thick.
It hits the States late next month with a suggested retail price of somewhere just under $600. Early units will come shipped with Vista with XP and Ubuntu variants available by the end of the year. Click here for a Dell press release and here for a hands-on report.
Dell has rebranded it’s own Inspiron Mini 9 as the Vostro A90. The new branding does feature some aesthetic enhancements but internally it is the same computer. The company has offered no reason for the rebranding and, for now, it is available only in Japan.
Also, it is extremely expensive. If you have a few yen in your pocket you can throw down ¥92,830 ($972) for the unit. Incidentally, that is almost three times the price of the Mini 9. It is all black though!
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