There wasn't a press release. We didn't get a note, or a fax, or even an e-mail. For whatever reason, Dell has slipped three AMD powered notebook
systems into the wild in complete silence.
The new Inspiron 1501 notebooks feature a 15.4" widescreen and some interesting hardware under the hood. First, all units feature ATI integrated X150 graphics - there is no option to increase the power. But what everyone really cares about is the processor - the buyer can select a Turion X2 TL-56, TL-50, or a new MK-36 processor.
I went looking for some information on the new processor, but there isn't much to be found. It is not listed on AMD's product page or pricing documents. It's single-core, and looks to be intended for the lower power consumption budget market.
The shift to offering AMD processors in some Dell laptops has been discussed ad nauseam
, which is why it's so surprising that the company did so with little fanfare. Hopefully, the greater choice in the market will bring some greater competition to the laptop market.
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