Dell to get into the low-cost laptop game

With HP having jumped with both feet into the affordable sub-notebook market with its 2133 Mini-Note PC, Dell's entry into the same market only seems like a matter of time. And indeed, according to Dow Jones, Dell has plans to produce a low-cost notebook that could hit the market as early as June.

Dell itself has made no announcements, but Dow Jones quotes an anonymous official from Taiwanese contract manufacturing giant Compal Electronics as saying Dell has inked a deal with Compal to produce "low-cost notebook computers." Compal will reportedly ship 200,000 to 300,000 machines to Dell each month, with a goal to ship between one and two million of the machines throughout this year. Considering the June time frame, the Dell system may very well be based on Intel's Atom processors, although the official apparently stayed mum on such specifics.

As Dow Jones points out, Compal is the second-biggest player in the global notebook contract manufacturing business after Taiwanese rival Quanta Computers. Both firms produce systems for the likes of Dell, HP, and Toshiba.

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