News Bits: Dell Says SSDs Are Reliable, Intel Netbook Revealed, Notebook Demand Drops

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Dell denies problems with SSDs

It was reported on Monday that notebooks with SSDs had a 20% to 30% return rate, which is far higher than the return rate of notebooks with traditional hard drives. Dell refuted the claim it was experiencing high return rates on Tuesday; Dell spokeswoman Anne Camden said in an email that "The recently published analyst report estimating a high return rate for Solid State Drive technology (SSD) in Dell products is unfounded and wholly inaccurate, by orders of magnitude."

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ECS introduces Diamondville-based notebook

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ECS unveiled the G10IL netbook today, a small notebook available with either a 10.2- or 8.9-inch widescreen glossy display. Features include integrated tri-band HSDPA and HSUPA modem, three USB 2.0 ports, wireless, Bluetooth, 4-in-1 card reader, and a 1.3-megapixel camera.

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Dell Latitude X2 specs leaked

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The new Dell Latitude X2 tablet PC pictured here is expected to hit the market in November 2008. It will be based on the upcoming Intel Montevina Centrino 2 platform and have low voltage (LV) and ultra low voltage (ULV) CPUs. It will retain the XT’s current 12.1-inch WXGA (1280×800) widescreen display.

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Intel Netbook revealed

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The so-called Intel Netbook pictured above may be Intel’s entry into the sub-$400 notebook market. It features a 9-inch display, 900MHz Celeron processor, 512MB of RAM, a 40GB hard drive, WiFi/Ethernet, and will weigh less than three pounds.

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Notebook demand down until July

Customers in the market for a new notebook are apparently taking a "wait and see" stance due to the current US economic situation and the upcoming launch of the Intel Centrino 2 platform. Intel is planning to drop the prices of its Santa Rosa inventory after Montevina is introduced in May to clear inventory. Another factor resulting in reduced demand is the entry of the low-cost notebooks such as the Asus Eee PC.

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