A Dell service manual that recently appeared on the PC vendor's website unveils the firm is working on a 12" netbook - the Inspiron Mini 12.
This low-cost notebook will feature an Intel Atom Z520 1.33GHz or Z530 1.6GHz processor, 1GB DDR2 memory, WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, three USB 2.0 ports, optional 3G, VGA-port, audio in/out puts, 1.3 megapixel webcam, a 12.1" display with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and Windows Vista. The storage is unknown, but some sources suggest buyers will be able to choose between a 40GB HDD or 8GB SSD.
Right now, even the priciest netbooks from Asus, Acer, and MSI have 10" displays with 1024x600 resolutions. This 12.1" specimen could mix portability, low cost, and lower power usage with screen real estate that's on the same level as full-sized notebooks. Heck, even the display in Apple's new $1,299 aluminum MacBook has a 1280x800 res. Also, as we've seen with the Asus Eee PC 1000H, the use of a mechanical hard drive can make a netbook feel much more like a "real" laptop.
The Dell Inspiron Mini 12 will weigh 1.25kg and will ship with 3-cell or 6-cell batteries.