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Dell teases 0.4in Adamo XPS ultraportable

updated 03:05 pm EDT, Wed September 9, 2009

Adamo XPS teased without details

Dell today quietly put up a teaser site for the Adamo XPS. While it gives few clues, the site touts a 9.99mm (under 0.4in) thickness that would make it far thinner than the Adamo 13 and significantly thinner than the MacBook Air the Adamo series has often fought against. The side profile image shows a uniformly metal (likely aluminum), tapered design unlike the block-shaped original.

What specs the system would entail aren't known. Since the Adamo shipped, Intel has launched its CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) processors that in some cases offer the same performance as the regular ULV Core 2 Duo in the Adamo, but at much lower prices. At the same time, the XPS badge is usually applied by Dell to systems that are faster or otherwise more advanced than base models.

The system's launch period also remains a mystery.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    -5

    not funny!

    When is Dell going to learn that teasing is not funny and can lead to psychological trauma and distress?

  1. ricardogf

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    Joined: Jan 2003

    -2

    Well

    When it comes to Dell, teasing = vaporware...

  1. Bobfozz

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    Joined: Jul 2008

    -4

    original

    Note how often Dell releases something AFTER has already done it? They "trust" Apple's success.

  1. Bobfozz

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    -7

    original

    Note how often Dell releases something AFTER has already done it? They "trust" Apple's success.

  1. mytdave

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    Joined: Aug 2000

    0

    wait n see

    We'll just have to wait and see. It might end up being a fine piece of hardware. Sure, they're just copying Apple, but since they've had a few years to work on the design and probably know what not to leave off (like basic I/O ports) it might give the Air a run for its money. Of course it will be hobbled by the Windoze OS, but at least you'll probably be able to run Linux on it eventually.

    I'd like to see Apple update the Air with a smaller bezel around a 12" wide-screen (why waste so much space with useless bezel?), and a smaller chassis to match. Keep the full size keyboard of course, which means the keyboard would be edge to edge (no wasted space on each side). The Air needs 2 USB ports and Ethernet, even if that requires a dongle. The only reason I did not buy the Air from Apple was a lack of ports. Yes, it is important Apple.

  1. grognard

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    Joined: Oct 2009

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    Macbook air - LC

    I want to replace my aging (2005) Macbook with a Macbook air - at half the cost of the current model say $599-$699.
    Sound crazy? Not really. Consider that this would be in line with Steve Job's comment about Apple not making " junk" at $299-$350 range. So $599-$799 is still l premium price, but much more affordable 'for the rest of us'.

    So what would this be? I essentially envision a plastic cased current model MBA. consisting of :
    - Same processor chip as in Current MB Air, (The MBA pro will get more memory and a faster chip and standard 128 gig flash standard to justify the higher price)
    - 64 mb solid state build standard - build to order 128 gig solid state drive.
    - 2 Meg memory standard, (4 meg build to order option).
    - illuminated keyboard ( taking notes in meetings,lecturehall, or for airplane use etc)
    - 5-6 hours between charges- essentially the current MBA battery
    - Two USB ports or maybe one (3.0 USB)- audio in/out, and maybe a display port to hook it up to external monitor or pico display.
    - Maybe "Pad charging? Just place it on a pad to charge no more plugging in? One less port? ( not sure about this as Apple 'owns' the magsafe technology)
    - I sight, blue tooth, and wifi of course.
    - No DVD Drive - available separately-essentially the MBA external (or the same way the Air 'Shares' a dvd drive from another machine
    - 3 lbs.

    This clearly won't be a 'Desktop" replacement as the 13 and 15 inch pros are for many users This is the true 'second' computer, the one you take on the road and sync to mobile me, etc. Kind of between a Iphone and a Mb Pro/ Imac It might cut into 13 inch sales, but The aluminium, built in DVD and speed bumps would differentiate the models more.

    Cheers,

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