Doing with a single E what takes ASUS three, Dell's mini netbook
looks to be on track for an August kill sprEee. We've already seen Dell's launch timeline and specs
, of course, and this morning we've got the hushed whispers of DigiTimes'
"market sources" again claiming that the Compal manufactured Dell 8.9-inchers
will launch in August for $299. For that price, assuming everything we've heard so far is correct, you'll get an instant-on Linux distro running atop Intel's 1.6GHz Atom processor, a 1,024 x 600 display, 3x USB, a wee SSD, integrated webcam, WiFi, and more in a 0.82-1.22-inch thick sled weighing about 2.2-pounds. With the netbook market now thoroughly saturated
, we expect the Dell launch to mark the beginning of an industry shakeout. Any bets on who will survive?