updated 05:25 pm EST, Thu January 7, 2010
Five-inch "Slate" technology concept demoed
Dell on Thursday morning unveiled its ultra-mobile gaming laptop as well a 5-inch tablet concept and an Android-based smart phone for AT&T -- both of which are slated for launch in 2010. The new "Slate" concept shown the demo was very thin, multi-touch device with a 5-inch screen, but the company said that you could imagine larger versions -- up to 10-inches. In addition, Dell also refreshed its Inspiron, Studio and Alienware systems incorporating the new Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors and announced that AT&T will become the next mobile operator to offer the Mini 3 Android-based smart phone.
The new Dell Alienware M11x mini-notebook offers 15-inch laptop graphics and performance in an 11-inch form factor along with support for 720p resolutions and HDMI output using a next-generation Nvidia GT 335M processor. Dell also introduced its companion 23-inch 3D full HD widescreen monitor, which provides an stereoscopic 3D experience when running PC game titles with NVIDIA 3D Vision technology. The Alienware OptX AW2310 is available for $500 (NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit not included).
Dell also updated its 17-inch Alienware M17x and 15-inch M15x notebooks, with Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors. The entry level 15-inch model is now available and priced at $1,399, sports the new processors along with 512MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M, 3GB of DDR3 at 1066MHz, a 250GB SATAII (7,200RPM) drive, internal High-Definition 5.1 surround sound, and an illuminated keyboard. The base configuration includes a (dual-core) Core i5-540M running at 2.53GHz with 3MB of cache and 3.06GHz Turbo mode, while an upgrade to the (dual-core) Core i7-640M with larger 4MB of cache and faster 3.3.3GHz Turo mode is just $100. Both support four threads. Options for quad-core Core i7s offer slower clock speeds, but offer more cores (4), larger thread capacity (8) and larger cache for $100 (6MB) and $400 (8MB), respectively. The form factor remains the same at nearly 15-inch wide and less than 2-inch high (14.8"x12.2"x1.92").
Dell also added new Core i7 options to the 17-model, but those options for order and pricing were not immediately available.
Although not yet available, Dell also announced updates to its Inspiron consumer line of laptops with a new thinner chasis, new 16:9 aspect HD displays, SRS Premium sounds, and new turbo-charged Intel Core i5 processors starting at $850. In addition, new the line will be available with entry-level Intel Core i3 processors later this month, starting at $570.
The new Inspiron 580 and 580s desktops, starting at $269 were also updated with the new processor options, while the professional refreshed Studio laptops now feature Intel Core i5 and i7 processors: the portable Studio 14 will be available in North America later this month with prices starting at $700, while the 15-inch gets a high-definition, 15.6-inch LED widescreen design new processors starting at $850 and 17-3-inch model starts at $950.
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