Michael Dell recently offered a glimpse of his company's highly-rumored ultra-portable at the All Things Digital executive conference in California, becoming the latest entrant to the still nascent but increasingly crowded low-cost notebook market popularized by the Eee PC.

Dubbed the Mini-Inspiron, Dell is pitching the laptop as "the perfect device for the next billion internet users." He didn't go into specs but images reveal three USB ports, a card reader, VGA output, and Ethernet connections. Furthermore, rumors suggest it will feature an 8.9-inch screen, an Intel Atom processor, and a choice of XP or Ubuntu Linux. Pricing information and final specifications are yet to be revealed, though they are likely to emerge at next week's Computex festival being held in Taipei.