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Dell ultrabook should show in January, may use Ivy Bridge

updated 08:15 pm EDT, Sat October 1, 2011

Dell ultrabook may get CES reveal

Dell's plans to enter, or possibly return, to the ultrabook category may be timed around the CES expo. Contacts said Saturday that the ultraportable notebook would arrive in January. Details weren't identified in the CNET sighting, although it would coincide with the formal Intel reveal for Ivy Bridge, its 22 nanometer chip architecture.

Whether or not Dell would use Ivy Bridge is indefinite. Ivy Bridge promises power and performance improvements Dell might want, such as 4K display support. Intel may not ship it until March or later, however, and could leave Dell showing an early prototype.

The info slip if accurate is minimal, but it would be consistent with Dell's tendency to unveil projects at CES early. It regularly holds a press event at an off-site hotel each year to preview its lineup, sometimes several months before the products ship.

Dell is considered one of the early participants in the category that would eventually morph into Intel's ultrabook concept. It chased Apple's original MacBook Air with the Adamo 13 and later with the at the time radically designed Adamo XPS (pictured). Even more so than Apple at the time, however, it was hampered by high prices and ultraportable Intel chips that had both very slow graphics and short battery lives, which dipped to just 2.5 hours on the XPS. The Adamo XPS was phased out and brought back briefly after several months under the guise of being a special edition, while the Adamo 13 was given numerous price cuts through its life until it was finally dropped entirely just this February.

Intel is spurring on companies like Dell, as well as Acer, Lenovo, and Toshiba, to create ultrabooks as a response to the sudden success of the second-generation MacBook Air design. While Apple sees the Air as bringing some of the best parts of the iPad to notebooks, Intel sees it as a way of minimizing the damage done to PC sales by Apple's tablet.

by MacNN Staff



  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Reminds me of that movie line. "Never give up. Never surrender."

  1. SierraDragon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The new Dell...


  1. Rolando_jose

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I like

    The keyboard-moving-thingie instead of the screen-moving-thingie... Will it prove better, don't know, don't care, since I won't buy one.

  1. The Vicar

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Looks like it would fall apart after about three months of reasonable use. Laptops are designed to keep the keyboard on a flat surface for more than just aesthetic reasons. And this is slim enough that that may be a serious issue.

  1. Makosuke

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Credit where it's due

    Dell deserves some credit here; this is a product that's actually trying to do something different from the masses instead of doing exactly what everyone else is doing, except more boring and cheaper. There's even something to be said for the concept of a built-in keyboard riser.

    That said, it looks like an ergonomic disaster to me, since the last thing you usually want when typing is your wrists to be at an upward angle. I'm also a bit skeptical about the durability, but it could hold together okay.

  1. ricardogf

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This looks like plain c***, as is the case with all Dell products (apart from their relatively good displays)...pathetic.

  1. ruel24

    Joined: Dec 1969



    First, Dell products are complete junk and their customer service is even worse, if that's possible. Second, Ultrabooks aren't going to compete with Macbook Air. Apple designed a complete product around a concept that works. Just making something like one won't bring users out in droves like they expect. One look at the Android Honeycomb tablets explains everything.

  1. macnnoel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    makes you wonder

    if the designer even knew anything about ergonomics

  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good news!

    If true, this is good news. The faster other vendors shift to Ivy Bridge, the more pressure there'll be for Apple to do so quickly. There are enough improvements between Sandy and Ivy that I'm waiting for the latter (with USB 3.0) to upgrade my MacBook.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just in time for the holidays!!!

    Martin Luther King Day, Valentine's Day, President's Day, St. Patrick's Day ...

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