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Dell launches Inspiron 9 mini laptop

But no Linux version for now

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Dell has launched the Inspiron Mini 9, as expected. Alas, it's not as cheap as previous rumours suggested.

The 1.04kg Mini 9 sports the 8.9in, 1024 x 600 display; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor; 1GB of DDR 2 memory; Intel 945 chipset with GMA 950 graphics; trio of USB ports; VGA out; 802.11b/g Wi-Fi; Ethernet; and 1.3-megapixel webcam that are Small, Cheap Computer staples.

Dell Inspiron Mini 9

Dell's Inspiron Mini 9: not as cheap as many hoped

To that, Dell's added Bluetooth 2.0, and a choice of solid-state drives running from 4GB to 16GB.

Ubuntu 8.04 Linux is also an option, though going to Dell's specs page you'd assume that Windows XP was the only operating system you can have pre-installed.

Dell Inspiron Mini 9

Black and shiny

That said, the Linux versions are a "few weeks" away, while you have an XP model now.

Indeed, the only model currently available is a £279 unit with a 16GB SSD, XP and the above specifications. A £20 delivery charge takes the total price to £299.

The Linux version will cost £269 all in.

Dell didn't mention battery life - all it has said is that the 9 comes with "four-cell, 32Wh Li-Ion battery".

The SCC is available in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany and Austria today, and in Spain and Italy starting in October. There's no word yet on the US release.

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