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Dell announces sub-$800 dual-core notebook

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Dell announces sub-$800 dual-core notebook

Round Rock (TX) – Dell today announced two additional notebooks models that can be equipped with Intel’s Core Duo processor. The new Inspiron 1505 and 6400 cover a broad range of the thin-and-light segment – including mainstream notebooks: With an instant rebate, Dell sells the entry-level dual-core 1505 for $779.

Despite the fact that Intel promised a massive rollout of the Core Duo processor for this quarter in early January, dual-core notebooks remain a rare sight. As we approach the final stretch of the quarter, Dell today announced its second batch Core Duo and Core Solo notebook models. The higher end Inspiron E1705 and the business-targeted 9400 were announced in January

However, the new notebooks appear to be just “announceed” at this time: While the press release states that the notebooks are available “immediately,” Dell’s online product configuration form indicates a shipping date of 28 March. This date is in line with what we hear from some Taiwanese manufacturers who told us that system builders had “overbooked” Core Duo by about one million units just in January.

The good news, however, is that the notebooks are availability not only in pricey high-end devices, but also in the mainstream right from the start. With a $200 “instant” rebate, the entry-level Inspiron 1505 is offered for $729 with a Core Solo T1300 (1.66 GHz) processor. For an additional $50, customers get a dual-core Core Duo T2300 (1.66 GHz) chip. Other basic equipment of the six-pound package includes a 15.4″ screen, 512 MB memory, a 40 GB hard drive, a 24x CD-RW drive as well as Wi-Fi capability. Fully decked out with a 2 GHz dual-core processor, 2 GB of memory, a DVD burner and a 100 GB 5400 rpm hard drive, the Inspiron model checks out at about $1730.

Curiously, the notebook ship standard with Microsoft’s Windows Media Center Edition operating system, but Dell does not offer a TV tuner card as an option for the 1505 as of now. However, we were told that the an external USB tuner will be added to the configuration within the coming days.

The Inspiron 6400 was not listed on Dell’s website at the time this article was written. According to Dell, the 6400 model will be aiming for home-office and small-business customers and come in similar configurations as the 1505.