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Dell teases ultra-slim Air-alike

Dell teases ultra-slim Air-alike

Dell's Adamo XPS might be nothing more than pictures at the moment, but at half the thickness of the MacBook Air it holds definite promise.

If you're all about the slim but don't fancy something from Apple, Dell's latest might be worth looking at.

Sadly, that's pretty much all you can do at the moment: look. As reported over on Electronista, the PC maker has created a sneak peek site offering a glimpse into the world of its latest XPS-range laptop.

While details are extremely scant - i.e. there isn't even the slightest hint as to its specifications on the site - one thing has been revealed: the device is a mere 9.99mm thick.

To put that size into perspective, it beats the MacBook Air - possible the most famous ultra-thin laptop currently on the market - is 19.9mm at its thickest point, making the Dell Adamo XPS around twice as thin. One thing is for sure: this beast is going to be seriously portable.

From the images provided, the body appears to be metal - most likely Mac-style aluminium - and features a rounded edge look which is a departure from the norm for the Adamo range. With specifications still under wraps, the most likely choice for processor is one of Intel's latest CULV low-power chips - an Atom is unlikely, but not impossible.

Battery life is likely to be the killer: with a laptop so thin, something has to give - and with precious millimetres of space missing, the size of the battery has to suffer. That said, with the use of an interesting shape and sensible hardware choices it wouldn't be impossible for Dell to create something that'll run for an entire working day - but you can expect to pay dearly.

Speaking of price, Dell isn't: neither a proposed launch schedule nor expected retail pricing is revealed on the site, although interested parties are encouraged to provide their e-mail address for the next press release.

Does the Adamo XPS press all your buttons, or does its slim sexiness fail to overcome the fact that it's still a Dell? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Combinho 10th September 2009, 13:00 Quote
Ooooh! Shiny.
Rkiver 10th September 2009, 13:02 Quote
As thin, well thinner, as the Macbook Air, and more useful. Could sell really well depending on it's full specs.
I-E-D 10th September 2009, 13:03 Quote
Whoa.
V3ctor 10th September 2009, 13:42 Quote
If it's that thin... Won't it break easily?
mi1ez 10th September 2009, 13:43 Quote
Depends on the material and process. Can't see this being a great machine, especially given the past Adamo's reputation.
Krikkit 10th September 2009, 13:47 Quote
Whoah. You can tell someone was outlining the specs and said: "How thin should we make this thing?" "How thin is the Air? 20mm?" "Well let's just make it half that thick then..."
l3v1ck 10th September 2009, 14:03 Quote
Can it possibly be sturdy enough to carry around if it's that thin? I can see screen damage issues cropping up..
BLC 10th September 2009, 15:02 Quote
Will be interesting to see if that laptop sold with Win7 will have the same appeal as the Macbook Air. The Air has already made a good name for itself and people will flock to Apple in their droves, even if the hardware is sub-standard (after all, the iMac still sells well, but it's essentially a laptop bolted to a monitor). It's got a fight on it's hands at least.

If only Apple would license their software to hardware platforms other than their own - if this was supplied with native OS X it would sell by the bucketload. Here's hoping Win7 can survive Vista's reputation.
Denis_iii 10th September 2009, 15:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by BLC
Will be interesting to see if that laptop sold with Win7 will have the same appeal as the Macbook Air. The Air has already made a good name for itself and people will flock to Apple in their droves, even if the hardware is sub-standard (after all, the iMac still sells well, but it's essentially a laptop bolted to a monitor). It's got a fight on it's hands at least.

If only Apple would license their software to hardware platforms other than their own - if this was supplied with native OS X it would sell by the bucketload. Here's hoping Win7 can survive Vista's reputation.

nah, but if you double the price and slapped a apple logo onit with macosx then it would sell
bowman 10th September 2009, 15:43 Quote
The Air already has trouble being useful. Where are they going to put Ethernet ports, USB, anything? This is going to be very spartan and very expensive. No thank you.

I'd prefer something like the Voodoo Envy instead. Speaking of which, where is that promised Envy hardware refresh..
chrisb2e9 10th September 2009, 15:51 Quote
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seriously breakable
I fixed the story!
BentAnat 10th September 2009, 15:52 Quote
I love Dell XPS Series notebooks (hell - i love most Dell notebooks i have worked/work on).
That thing looks good. So long as it's not SUPER expensive and/or SUPER slow, i'd consider one. But chances are (munfortunately), that this is gonna look good, be slow, spartan (much liek the Air: No Ethernet, no DVD, etc) and pretty costly (my guess - similar to a Dell XPS Studio 16 in pricing)
glaeken 10th September 2009, 16:17 Quote
Holy crap, that's .01mm thinner than my Nokia E71! Be interesting to see the final details.
sakzzz 10th September 2009, 16:33 Quote
I doubt it will be flimsy..... Solid aluminium construction would make it quite stiff....
[PUNK] crompers 10th September 2009, 17:26 Quote
poser alert!

haha but seriously, looks sexy if slightly useless
MrWillyWonka 10th September 2009, 17:28 Quote
It looks like a dildo.
GoodBytes 10th September 2009, 18:01 Quote
So the Mack Book Air allowed me to cut my cake... this one should allow me to cut my lettuces and tomatoes, right? If so, I will replace my kitchen knives with this. :D
Sparrowhawk 10th September 2009, 18:15 Quote
I can't say I find the appeal of 'super-thin but useless' laptops. Even if they come up with some sort of 'mini-ethernet' plug (like Apple's mini DVI) plugging it into anything will still require an ugly, fragile little converter dongle.

Why not create something a few millimetres thicker and still stylish - but yet so much more useable? Why should sturdy aluminum and rounded edges only be reserved for the super expensive executive-toys?
perplekks45 10th September 2009, 18:23 Quote
Because then the marketing guys wouldn't have anything to boast about...

I still want one. :scared:
HourBeforeDawn 10th September 2009, 18:42 Quote
hmm thinner, more useful, and I bet for about half the price of the Air, yup now thats a possible winner
pimonserry 10th September 2009, 19:18 Quote
Even a USB port would ruin that outline >.>
stonedsurd 10th September 2009, 19:30 Quote
I had the opportunity to handle a Dell Adamo at a mall recently and I was thoroughly unimpressed. It creaks, hardly any of the joins are flush, the screen is horrendous, it runs VISTA, of all things...

I do hope they get something right on their second go-around.
bobwya 10th September 2009, 20:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by BentAnat
... and pretty costly (my guess - similar to a Dell XPS Studio 16 in pricing)

Uhmm... this will be more like "seriously costly", read: 4x Dell XPS Studio 16 price...
GoodBytes 10th September 2009, 20:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by stonedsurd
I had the opportunity to handle a Dell Adamo at a mall recently and I was thoroughly unimpressed. It creaks, hardly any of the joins are flush, the screen is horrendous, it runs VISTA, of all things...

I do hope they get something right on their second go-around.

Reviews where impressed by the Adamo (except the price... it was not worth the money).
I think the Adamo you touch was like these Demo Desk that you see on floors at staple, where they all fall apart they got so much abused and hit, especially the nice ones. Not to mention that it probably got some manufacture errors. I already open Apple computer and had the screen separated from the base the laptop, scratch screens, and a broken USB port (moving at the inside). Usually the broken Demo computers gets replaced.. but I guess the store you were in were too cheap and lazy to send it back to Dell (the store doesn't pay the replacement of the system, Dell does).
leslie 10th September 2009, 20:50 Quote
Well, it's too thin for a conventional drive. I'm betting mini pci-e based SSD. At which point the drive is so slow, there is little use for a very high end CPU. Yes, it could still have ethernet, either a pop-out connector (remember the old 3com pcmcia cards with it?) or a *gasp* dongle (neither is a good design, meaning they will surely use it).


Honestly, at this thickness, you can't have anything but a minimalist design. You cannot stack usb ports, even a vga port would be to large (HDMI? but would it have the processing power?). This is so thin that unless the mobo is very small or it has a large screen you have no room to attach anything around the edges.


Edit:
Just saw some pictures of this..
All I can say is, impressive, but some of the claims seem awfully hard to believe. Particularly battery life, which is always over rated, but in this case t seems almost a joke.
Shagbag 10th September 2009, 20:59 Quote
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I never saw the attraction of the Air and I'll say the same for this one from Dell. Horses for courses, but this ain't comin' on my course.
Otto69 13th September 2009, 21:06 Quote
9.9mm? I'll bet on a warm day it swells to over a CENTI meter! ;)
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