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Pics : Dell To Launch Ultra Cheap, Ultra Portable Mini Vostro Laptop

Less than one year after Asus start selling its EEE PC laptop, Dell has decided to throw the proverbial gauntlet and enter the UCUP (Ultra Cheap, Ultra Portable) laptop arena with a yet-to-be-named laptop which looks like a mini version of the Inspiron 1525 (see Picture below).

Although a late entrant (after HP, Asus, Acer, MSI and many others), the arrival of Dell legitimises one of the fastest growing segments in the tech industry.

The laptop, which is not unlike the HP 2133, will be available in a number of colours and has three USB ports as well as the usual array of features that you can expect from a Ultra Cheap, Ultra Portable laptop: card reader, VGA Out, Ethernet and a glossy shell.

Not much was disclosed as to what was inside but one can expect Dell to adopt Intel's Diamondville architecture with an Atom processor, 1GB worth of memory and a traditional hard disk drive as Windows XP Home onboard (the keyboard has a Window key on the left).

Dell's device will almost certainly be launched at next's week Computex event in Taiwan and will almost certainly be one of the main attractions.

Read our EEE PC laptop review here?

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.