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Dell Adamo "world's thinnest" notebook?

updated 09:20 am EST, Fri December 19, 2008

Dell Studio XPS 13 Slips

Further details have surfaced today of a major initiative by Dell to tackle the designer 13-inch notebook market, including more information regarding the Adamo notebook. A leak through Engadget now claims to have confirmed that the Adamo is an ultraportable and will be marketed as the "world's thinnest laptop" in a deliberate bid to chase after the MacBook Air's similar claim; the system will reportedly come in black and silver trim made to present an upscale look.

What hardware features would be available and at what price are unknown, though the system is thought to have been originally scheduled for December but pushed back to February or later for unspecified reasons.

Also revealed as part of the leak are further details of the Studio XPS 13, a similarly delayed but more conventional notebook. The system is a higher-end counterpart to the Inspiron 13 and will hinge on trim somewhat similar to the Adamo with the addition of leather. Closer shots than from a previous leak also reinforce design choices closer to Apple's standard MacBook and certain Sony VAIOs, including a new keyboard design and a display with a flush glass cover.

Earlier leaks have pointed to the system undercutting Apple's price by making the LED backlight optional but that options will exist which aren't available on its rival, including Blu-ray, a dedicated GPU, 3G/4G access and a fingerprint reader.

Studio XPS 13 (Adamo not yet leaked)





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  1. jpellino

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    +5

    Is it me?

    Or do those hinges look like they came out of the hardware aisle at Home Depot?

  1. deepkid

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    +4

    a dash ofugly

    why the h*** do windows pc makers insist on adding a dash of ugly to their products? that silver strip across the lid looks like an oversized lady's sandal top.

  1. Guest

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    +1

    Thinnest?

    How can a laptop that has a VGA port with its label stacked above possible be the thinnest? Just doesn't look it.

  1. bennco

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    Centered?

    I'm curious why they choose to make the trackpad not-centered. -

    Other than that, I think the machine looks pretty good. It would be nice to see some backing about the actual dimensions - as to me, it does not look thinner than the Air. But, it's difficult to tell from just the pics.

  1. psdenno

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    +1

    A thin Dell PC laptop....

    .... is still just a Dell PC laptop. Sorry.

  1. wingdo

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    +3

    Not the Adamo

    The caption above the photo states that the leaked pictures are of the XPS13 and not the Adamo, that explains the VGA port.

  1. psdenno

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    +7

    By the way....

    ... the laptop pictured above is NOT the "adamo" which is supposed to be the thinnest laptop. It's the XPS 13. Interesting name - X for experimental and PS for, well we know what PS can stand for even without the "O" between the letters.

  1. spyinthesky1

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    dated one arrival

    Looks really old fashioned to me and surprisingly naff considering Dell's stated new emphasis on style these days. Rather like a boring 70's car with added vinyl roof to make it just so much more aspirational

  1. luckyday

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    Read guys

    Would be nice if you guys could read properly. The pictures above are not pictures of the Adamo, which will be the thinnest.

  1. luckyday

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    Read guys

    I know other people have said it. I just like pointing out the fanboys are a) usually idiots and b) jump to conclusions.

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