I speculated a couple of days ago about a cheap device that might run Google’s Chrome Internet browser – and here’s the reality, right in front of us. Dell just formally introduced the Dell Inspiron Mini 9, a 2.28 pound device with a 1024×600 8.9″ screen, running a reduced version of Windows XP.

The Mini is $399. In the next few weeks Dell will make them available in more colors and put out a slightly cheaper variation running Ubuntu Linux instead of Windows.

Here’s who will be buying it, from a Dell blog:

“Purpose-built to keep teens, tweens, travelers and ‘Tweeters’ connected, the Mini is optimized for that ’30-minute connection’ experience – blogging, surfing, e-mailing, chatting, viewing photos, videos and music – you get the idea.”

Yeah, I get the idea – not me, is the idea. I’m old.

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