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Dell adds i5/i7 CPUs, shows "Streak" slate, Mini 3i phone

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.

Alienware m11x

Dell's new Android-based Mini 3i

Dell's "Streak" slate concept

by MacNN Staff



  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    streak makes me think of

    skid marks.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Put On Your Mouse Ears, Kiddies!

    "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."

    Sounds like we're pretty much imagining the 5-inch version at this point too.

    You'd think we were in Disney World with all the imagineering going on at CES.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sounds like the porno business


  1. zaghahzag

    Joined: Dec 1969


    can't get one til 1/21

    Looks like the earliest you can get one is 1/21.

  1. facebook_Bruce

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Jan 2010


    Waiting for Apple

    It seems like while there has been several slate/tablets shown at CES, that no one is stating the specifications, applications, uses or even ship dates, of these devices. Almost as if everyone is waiting to see what an Apple slate/tablet will be able to do before anyone will say what their slate/tablet is capable of...
    It almost seems that without even attending CES, Apple is stealing the show... Like everyone is waiting for the Apple event on Jan.27 to see if Apple introduces something else that is insanely great.

  1. OkieDoc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That keyboard reminds me of my oooooooold Timex Sinclair computer :-)

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    We're Redundantly Innovative Too!

    All of the tablet proto-ware is designed to let the world know that "See? We're working on a (and, in some cases, another) table too!" ... while they wait to finalize the specs until AFTER Apple sets the bar - precisely as facebook_Bruce noted.

    After being totally blown out of the universe by the announcement of the iPhone 3 years ago while having nothing that could hold a candle to the glow of Apple's supernova in their collective pipelines, they weren't going to let that happen again. So this time, they wanted to make sure everyone knew that their copiers were plugged in AND their scan lamps were warming up.

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