Dell Unveils 20mm thick E and E Slim laptops; prices starting from $299

Asus could be in for a nasty surprise as Dell as confirmed that it will launch one ultra cheap, ultra portable laptop range with a starting price of $299 called the Dell E.

According to Engadget, the laptop range is expected to be released in August, spanning from a cheap E Classic model to E Video and E Video +, aimed at video users (or indeed anyone who needs more memory, larger flash storage, webcams and Bluetooth).

The Dell E Slim and E Slim + on the other hand will be pitted as competitors to Macbook Air and the Lenovo X300 laptops; both Dell platforms will be using Intel processors and will come with WiFi and optional webcam, WWAN and WiMax.

Dell will also be looking at starting a new User interface called BlackTop, which would be always on and always available and almost certainly Linux-based, and could possibly be integrated in the Latitude and Vostro ranges by 2010