We've always been of the opinion that if the display is over 10-inches in size, it isn't a netbook. Apparently the vast majority of would-be netbook owners agree. Early on Saturday morning, Dell's Chief Blogger, Lionel Menchaca, published a post on the company's corporate blog detailing its decision to discontinue the Dell Mini 12 and reiterating that the Mini 9, which was dragged out of retirement in late July, is still available.
"Dell recently decided that it’s time for the Mini 12 to ride off into the sunset," wrote Menchaca, going on to say that customers should not read anything into this as far as Dell's commitment to the netbook space is concerned. "It really boils down to this: for a lot of customers, 10-inch displays are the sweet spot for netbooks," explained Dell's Chief Blogger. "That’s why we offer two different 10-inch Inspiron netbooks for Mini 10 and the Mini 10v," Menchaca added.
So for those of you looking to bag a Mini 12 you'll have to go through the Dell Outlet, which specializes in refurbished Dell computers and electronics.
Read the full blog post here.