updated 09:00 pm EDT, Sun June 15, 2008
Dell Inspiron Studio Leak
Dell's next new PC line should bridge the gap between the Inspiron and the high-end XPS line, says new leaked documents obtained by Engadget. The Inspiron Studio will visually mimic the XPS M1530 but add the customization options of the Inspiron 1525 line, extending from the multi-colored lid options to a new set of palmrest art prints designed by artist Mike Ming. The look is intended to take the Inspiron upscale while leaving the existing Inspiron lineup to budget systems.
Accordingly, the Studio series should also be faster and more feature-rich than most existing Inspirons. All models should get HDMI video out, the option of 3G cellular modems for most networks, and the choice of either GeForce 8600M GT or Mobility Radeon HD 3450/3650 chipsets for dedicated graphics. Some options will be model-specific, including an external SATA port for the 15.4-inch 1536 and the ability to order two hard drives (including a hybrid drive with flash cache) on the 17-inch 1735.
Release information for the Studio series is uncertain; the first models were due to launch as early as last week but have yet to make an appearance. Previous estimates had the lineup complete by October but coming with current-generation 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo processors at their hearts.