Dell Inc. is launching a line of notebook and desktop PCs called Vostro, aimed at small businesses with 25 or fewer employees. Vostro PCs will come with a suite of subscription-based services and a dedicated tech-support staff, said Frank Muehleman, senior vice-president of Dell’s small and medium business group. Vostro is a Latin word meaning “yours” . Vostro systems will be available with Windows Vista or XP operating systems, but won’t come with any so-called “trialware”, or sample versions of software that expire after a few weeks or months, Muehleman said.
The systems include three notebooks with screens ranging from 14”-17” and starting prices from $449 (Rs18,140*) to $799 (Rs32,280). A desktop version will be available starting at $319. The Vostro line will come in black and silver only.
*Prices in rupees are based on current conversion rates, and may not reflect the actual price.
Nano-based phones by Apple
Apple Inc. plans to launch a cheaper version of the iPhone in the fourth quarter that could be based on the ultra-slim iPod Nano music player, according to a JPMorgan report. Kevin Chang, a JPMorgan analyst based in Taiwan, cited people in the supply channel he did not name and an application with the US Patent and Trademark office for his report.
Apple filed a patent application document dated 5 July that refers to a multifunctional hand-held device with a circular touch-pad control, similar to the Nano’s scroll wheel. Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris declined comment.
Chang said a way to follow up the iPhone with a cheaper version would be to convert the Nano into a phone and price it at $300 (Rs12,000) or lower. The iPhone sells for $500 and $600, depending on storage space.
“We believe that iPod Nano will be converted into a phone because it’s probably the only way for Apple to launch a lower-end phone without severely cannibalizing iPod Nano,” he said, noting that the new phone could have “rather limited functionality”. (Reuters)