Dell mini-laptop hits the streets

Dell has officially launched its long awaited ebook, the Inspiron Mini 9, which is available now running the Windows XP operating system.

A Linux version of the 1kg machine will be available shortly, the company said.

The machine uses solid state disc (SSD) memory, comes with an 8.9-inch LED display (1024x600) and a keypad, which Dell promises to be "large and easy to navigate."

Wi-Fi is built in as standard, but a built-in Webcam and Bluetooth are optional extras. Prices for the Windows XP version start at £299 (US$527) including VAT and delivery.

A versions using Ubuntu 8.04 and a Dell-developed custom interface are expected to be available shortly with a starting price of £269 including VAT and delivery.

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