The team over at Engadget managed to make friends with someone over at Dell long enough to acquire leaked information about the new Dell mini notebook: the Dell E. As if this new 8.9" mini notebook wasn’t impressive enough, we’ve also learned that Dell will be releasing a 12.1" version of the same notebook called the "E Slim" that will directly compete against 13.3" thin notebooks like the Apple MacBook Air, Lenovo ThinkPad X300, and the new Voodoo Envy 133.
The new 8.9" Dell E (pictured above) is powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Diamondville processor and will be available in configurations with 512MB or 1GB of RAM, and your choice of 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB of flash storage (poor man’s SSD). Pricing isn’t available at this time but the E will be available with either Linux or Windows XP. The 8.9" display features a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, making it remarkably similar to the new HP 2133 Mini-Note and new Eee PC 900 and 901.
Editor’s Note: We’re excited about the new Dell E, but isn’t the product name just a little too close to the Asus Eee PC? Considering the fact that Dell has had their fair share of legal troubles, you might think their brand managers could come up with a more original product name.
As if that wasn’t enough, the new Dell E Slim (pictured above) looks to be a remarkable 12.1" ultra-portable notebook. The E Slim will come equipped with your choice of 1.3GHz or 1.6GHz Intel Silverthorne processors, 8GB of flash storage or a 40GB HDD, 512MB or 1GB of system RAM, and either a 3-cell or 6-cell battery. Once again consumers will have their choice of either Linux or Windows XP.
We’ll keep you posted on any additional news as more product information becomes available … hopefully through official Dell sources.