Alienware’s M11x gaming laptop launched to mostly favorable reviews in 2010 (we gave it a stellar 9/10) and even managed to amass a small, cult-like following before it got phased out in 2012. Since then the company has ignored entreaties for the 11-inch notebook’s revival, sticking with larger notebooks instead. That does not mean there is no room for a smaller and lighter laptop in Alienware’s portfolio.
The Dell-owned brand is now readying a 13-inch gaming laptop. At 1 inch thick and 4.5 pounds, the upcoming laptop is going to both considerably thinner and lighter than the Alienware 14 (1.6” and 6.1lbs), the thinnest and lightest offering in the company’s stable right now. Further, unlike its 14-inch brother, the 13 will be powered by ultra-low-voltage (ULV) processors from Intel and not standard mobile Core i chips. Other specs on the 13 will include up to 2560×1440 IPS touchscreen display, up to 16GB of RAM, two SSDs, Nvidia GeForce 860M GPU, 802.11ac Wireless and Klipsch audio.
According to Forbes contributor Jason Evangelho, who recently had the chance to talk to an Alienware representative about the 13, the upcoming laptop has been designed with “a ‘full throttle’ cooling system — it’s an internal, copper, thermal solution designed to keep the hardware cool under heavy loads.”
The Alienware 13 is scheduled to arrive on store shelves sometime during the holiday season. The exact release date and price are not known at this time.