Dell To Enter The Ultra-Portable Fray

Yesterday news regarding the availability of HP's ultra portable Mini-Note PC broke and generated some buzz.  But ever since ASUS first unveiled the EeePC other players like Everex, Acer, and ECS, among others, have all announced or introduced similar, relatively low priced, portable solutions.  And according to a story posted on CNN Money via Dow Jones, Dell will be next to enter the fray.

Dell Inc. (DELL) plans to launch low-cost notebook computers made by Compal Electronics Inc.(2324.TW) as early as June, a Compal official said Wednesday.  Compal will initially ship 200,000-300,000 notebook computers to Dell each month, said the official, who declined to be named.

Compal Electronics, the world's second-largest contract manufacturer of notebook computers by revenue after Quanta Computer Inc. (2382.TW), aims to ship 1 million to 2 million low-cost notebook computers to Dell in 2008, the official added.  Dell, the world's second-largest computer vendor by unit sales after Hewlett- Packard Co., will consider increasing its shipments of the low-cost laptops depending on demand in 2008, he said.

With Dell, HP, Acer, and Asus in the mix, and Intel and Via launching new, low-power mobile processors in the not too distant future, you can bet the ultra mobile market is about to really heat up.
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