updated 09:20 am EST, Tue January 15, 2008
Dell Carbon Fiber Notebook
Dell is in the process of developing a notebook that will attempt to glean some of the cachet normally reserved for designs from Apple and other high-end brands, according to a newly escaped prototype image from Engadget. The unnamed system will be based heavily around materials rarely if ever seen in Dell's lineup. An aluminum outer shell will provide relative durability outside; inside, the system will represent Dell's first-ever use of carbon fiber and will greatly reduce the weight without compromising strength. When paired with a thin LED-backlit display, the entire system may be just 0.79 inches deep, the claim suggests.
Still in mid-development, most details of the system are unknown, though the image hints at a 15.4-inch or ultra-wide 16-inch system with a slot-load optical drive on the side, similar to the existing XPS M1530 or the 15-inch MacBook Pro. A lid-mounted webcam is also confirmed as one of Dell's design objectives. No estimated timeframe is given for the notebook's ship date, though the design is most likely to appear no sooner than the unveiling of Intel's Montevina platform in May.