updated 08:50 am EDT, Mon October 8, 2007
Dell XPS M1530 Leak
Dell is close to releasing a new notebook with many of the same audience and features as the MacBook Pro, according to a new leak made by Engadget. The XPS M1530 would be the first 15.4-inch system in the Texas-based PC maker's performance line since the launch of the original XPS, but would be targeted at users equally interested in thin-and-light systems as in performance: the complete chassis should weigh as little as four pounds without a battery, according to the report. It will also optionally sport a 1440x900, LED-backlit display similar to that of the MacBook Pro that should both cut down on the overall thickness of the display as well as improve battery life and color accuracy.
Unlike the Apple system, however, the M1530 would also scale further for users who want the design without the associated cost in performance, according to the leak. A stock model would ship with relatively low-cost hardware such as a 1.5GHz Core 2 Duo and a GeForce 8400M GS, but would ramp as high as a 2.6GHz processor and a 256MB GeForce 8600M. Every system would have 802.11n Wi-Fi as well as the option of a Blu-Ray drive; HDMI out will connect both audio and video to an HDTV across a single cable. A webcam would be standard but would either capture video at 0.3 megapixels in the thin LED-lit screen or up to 2 megapixels with more traditional cold cathode fluorescent displays up to a 1680x1050 resolution.
Dell is said to be officially targeting the new XPS system for a November 7th launch to capitalize on holiday sales and take advantage of Intel's release of its 2.6GHz, non-Extreme mobile CPU. The release date may change depending on unforseen delays similar to those that affected the M1730.