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Dell spins lower-cost netbook

May 12, 2009, 23:03 (7 Talkback[s])

"Unlike the similar Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook announced in February, which starts at $350, or Dell's earlier Mini 12 model, the Mini 10v uses the 1.6Ghz Atom N270 processor typically found on netbooks. With the Mini 10 (pictured below, at right) and Mini 12, Dell had instead turned to Intel's Z5xx Atom CPUs ("Silverthorne").

"Because the Z5xx Atoms are smaller, use less power, and mate with an integrated chipset that saves even more power, they run cooler and last longer on batteries, says Dell. In addition, the N270 lacks the Z5xx-series' 720P HD video capability. Consequently, the Mini 10v also lacks the Mini 10's integrated HDMI (high definition multimedia interface) port and optional, not-yet-shipping HD tuner. Dell also plans to add a 2GB RAM option for the Mini 10, but not the 10v"

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