A CNET report on Tuesday revealed that a spiritual successor to the now discontinued Dell Adamo ultra-thin laptop is in the works and fast approaching its retail debut. The first pictures of that rumored Adamo successor, supposedly called XPS 15z, seem to have already found their way to the Internet. Those pictures of the XPS 15z and other details are waiting for you across the jump.
There is some major news for those of you waiting for Apple to bring its outdated MacBook Air into the present. The Cupertino-based company has performed another unimaginably improbable feat by updating the outdated ultrathin, while still failing at the herculean task of bringing it into the post Core 2 Duo era. But given Apple’s numerous “magical and groundbreaking” exploits, it shouldn’t be too difficult to cut it some slack, right?
The Air, which will now be available in 11.6-inch (new) and 13.3-inch screen sizes, is said to have become lighter, thinner and faster following the update. Apple has eschewed the hard drive in favor of solid-state storage, allowing the new Air models to have instant-on functionality and a longer battery life. As the flash storage is housed directly on the system board, as opposed to a solid-state drive enclosure, there is more room for the battery and other components.
The 11.6-inch model is priced $999 and features a 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB of memory, 64GB of storage. You can double the storage for a couple of Franklins. Its 13.3-inch cousin is priced $1,299 and features a 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of memory, and 128GB of flash storage (double the storage for three Benjamins).
If you haven't gotten it by now, thin is definitely in, at least in the world of PCs. One company who's already been around the ultrathin block a time or two is MSI, who has just added its new X-Slim X600 Pro to its lineup of super skinny notebooks.
Including the 6-cell battery, the X-600 Pro weighs a scant 4.63 pounds and boasts a thickness of just 2.5cm, or a little under an inch. Adding to the sex appeal is a luminous scratch-resistant coating with silver accents.
On the hardware front, the X600 Pro packs the "latest" Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of DDR2 memory, up to 640GB of storage space, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330, 1.3MP webcam, optional Blu-ray drive, optional Bluetooth, 2-in-1 media card reader, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, three USB 2.0 ports (one of which serves double-duty as an eSATA port), HDMI, and Windows 7 Home Premium.
Are netbooks evolving into ultrathin form factors right before our very eyes? It's too early to tell, but clearly there's a market for super thin notebooks, or so it would seem, given the attention manufacturers are putting into the segment. The latest is LG, whose ultrathin XNote LGX30 now appears in the FCC's database.
Not to be confused with the Ion-based X30, the XNote LGX30 is an 11.6-inch netbook sporting a 1366 x 768 resolution. It comes with an Intel Atom processor inside (no mention of which one), along with a solid state drive, Intel GMA 500 graphics, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and a built-in webcam. Windows 7 ties it all together, and though you can't see it very well from the pictures, the LGX30 does have a trackpad, which boasts support for multitouch gestures.
A 3-cell battery rounds out the package, bringing the total weight to just 1.74 pounds. No mention on when it will be released, but don't be surprised to see this one turn up at CES next month.
Ultra-thin notebooks tend to be sleek, sexy, and expensive. By our count, that's two out three desirable qualities, which leaves the door wide open for an OEM to ship an ultra-thin that doesn't put the hurt on the wallet. Would you have guessed Dell would be the one to step through?
Dell, the same OEM responsible for the $1,500+ Adamo, is making headlines once again for an ultra-thin notebook, only this time the price will be in reach of the mainstream audience. Enter the Vostro V13, a 3.5-pound ultraportable measuring a scant 0.65-inches thick, the same as the Adamo. But at only $449, the Vostro V13 is the third of the price of the least expensive Adamo.
It gets even better. At $450, you're probably expecting an Intel Atom processor inside, but that isn't the case. Geared towards business travelers, the 13.3-inch V13 will sport an ultra-low voltage (ULV) Core 2 processor along with 4GB of DDR3 memory. Details remain sparse, but according to reports, it will also ship with Bluetooth and 802.11g/n support, as well as an integrated webcam and microphone.
What's less than 1 inch thick, weighs a hair over 3 pounds, and costs 99,000 yen (that's about $1,100 in U.S. currency)? Award yourself 100 geek points if you answered Asus' upcoming UM30 notebook.
According to reports, Asus will launch the 0.77-inch, 3.1-pound notebook tomorrow in Japan. It will come equipped with a 13.3-inch TFT color, LED backlit LCD panel with a 1366x468 screen resolution. Inside will sit an Intel Core Duo SU 9400 processor clocked at 1.4GHz, up to 3GB of DDR2 RAM, and a 320GB hard drive.
Akihabara News says it will also support SD, SDHC, MiniSD, and MMC cards. And of course the entire thing will be driven by Microsoft's Windows 7 Home Premium in 64-bit form.
No word yet on when Asus plans to ship this literal lightweight stateside.
Just how thin is Dell's new Adamo XPS laptop? By the looks of things, you could drop one off a seven-story building, go grab lunch, pick up that gallon of milk you promised you'd bring home, and return in time to catch the laptop before it floats to the ground. Ever seen a notebook after it's been flattened by a steamroller? Neither have we, but we imagine it would look a lot like the Adamo. Think Nicole Richie post The Simple Life but pre-motherhood (actually, you're probably better off if you don't picture that).
Think we're exaggerating? We'd be skeptical too, if Gizmodo hadn't managed to snap a couple pics of Dell's upcoming ultrathin, which is supposed to be about half as thin as a MacBook Air.
Still no other details just yet, including finalized specs, pricing info, or a concrete release date.
Amongst their many announcements this week at Computex, Acer also released information about a new, ultrathin laptop aimed at professionals.
The yet unnamed notebook will come with a 13.3-inch screen, up to 4GB of RAM, Intel’s GMA 4500MHD GPU with 64MB of memory (or an upgraded ATI Radeon HD 4330 with 512MB), a multitouch trackpad, 8+ hour battery life, WiFi, three USB ports, a built in mic, a headphone jack and Ethernet.
No word of price, but it’ll reportedly be available sometime next month.
As we told you about earlier today, Intel is taking the Pentium brand name for another go-round, this time for its CULV processors for ultra-thin notebooks. And Intel has wasted no time in rolling out the first CULV processor to get the Pentium name, the Pentium SU2700.
Typically, a new Intel processor is matched with a new chipset, and in this case, the Pentium SU2700's running mate is the Intel GS40 Express chipset. The Intel GS40 Express chipset includes integrated graphics that support MPEG4/H.264 video acceleration, integrated HDMI output, and acceleration for Windows Vista's Aero desktop. The GS40 also supports dual-channel DDR3 memory running at 667 or 800MHz and an 800MHz system bus. The GS40 is paired with the ICH9M I/O Controller hub to provide up to six PCI Express x1 I/O ports, up to four Serial ATA host adapters, Intel HD audio, and up to 12 Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports. For a schematic diagram and much more technical information about the GS40 and ICH9M, download the Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family Graphics Memory Controller Hub (G)MCH Specification Update (PDF format).