HP, Dell Challenge Asus in Low-Cost Laptops

Dell plans to launch an 8.9-inch laptop for less than $499, while HP's Mini-Note PC will soon be available for $499

This year will be the year of the ultra portable, low-cost PC. While chip maker Intel is putting its might behind its Atom low-cost processors made specifically for such small-screen devices, the segment has aroused the interest of PC makers HP and Dell, which will launch ultra portables this year.

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