updated 04:45 pm EDT, Mon June 18, 2007
Inspiron Santa Rosa Proof
The new Inspirons and XPS M1330 notebooks are real, Dell's Digital Media Manager Lionel Menchaca has confirmed in the official company blog. The executive broke with the company's typical policy of secrecy for unannounced hardware by validating the existence of the systems. No exact specifications were mentioned in the brief statement, but Menchaca acknowledged that an official announcement would occur in late June, coinciding with rumors of a June 26th launch.
"We normally wouldn’t have said this in the past, but we have some very cool PCs being introduced later this month," the manager said. "Stay tuned and you’ll see what we mean."
The dominant part of Dell's new range is expected to use Intel's Santa Rosa platform, which offers faster Core 2 Duo chips as well as 802.11n Wi-Fi, Turbo Memory cache, and better battery life. Inspiron 1521 and 1721 systems will use AMD's Turion 64 X2 to lower their prices versus their Intel counterparts.