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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 (opens in new tab), 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

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.