News of Dell’s long awaited entry into the UMPCaloosa has been swirling for some time, with information about all the various configurations of the 8.9 inch Dell E and the 12.1 Dell E Slim being leaked pretty regularly over the last few weeks. In addition, we have known for a month or so that the Dell Es will start at the very attractive price of $299 and the following features (more or less):
- Linux (distro unknown)
- Intel’s 1.6GHz Atom processor
- 1,024 x 600 display
- 3x USB ports
- SSD (sizes unknown)
- Integrated webcam
- 2.2 lbs
Now we also have more confirmation of the rumored roadmap, as Digitimes is quoting channel sources that the first shipments will happen in August, and that Dell has it’s ducks in a row to ship 2-3 million of the little beauties before the end of the year. That works out to Dell estimating a 6-9 million yearly output. Hubris or realistic?
UMPC vendor blood will soak the back to school sales this year. By Christmas, I have a feeling Dell will be the new brand to beat in the UMPC/Netbook market.
Thanks to Blitz50 at pocketables.net for the tip.