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Archive for September, 2008

Dell Inspiron Mini 9 v.s. Asus Eee PC v.s. Amazon Kindle

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Dell released to the world its internet notebook on Sep. 4th, a 2.2 pound lightweight laptop pc with Intel Atom chip, and embedded cellular broadband. People immediately started comparing it to the very popular Asus Eee PC, and Acer Aspire 900 etc.

What people are missing is Mini 9’s potential challenge to the Amazon Kindle. Make no mistake, Amazon Kindle is great device, it has built-in wireless to allow you to download (buy) books directly from Amazon and it costs $359 a piece. With the Dell Mini 9, you get a real computer that you can not only read e-books, but also play games, browse the internet etc, for $349 or $449 only. If you activate the embedded cellular broadband, you could potentially knock down the price by $200 or more in the form of carrier subsidy. I would say the Mini 9 would appeal to more consumers than the Amazon Kindle. Don’t you think?

Asus Eee PC kind of started this whole sub-notebook segment. They are still the king of the UMPC world. But with Dell’s Mini 9 package and wider availablility of 3G/4G broadband network, Dell is going to push this whole ‘miniaturization’ and ‘mobilization’ to the new level.

Written by Y.

September 5th, 2008 at 5:22 pm

Posted in Internet