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Dell hints at a Sandy Bridge MacBook Air competitor

Inspiron laptops to come
Tue Mar 08 2011, 11:00

TIN BOX MAKER Dell is the next big PC maker to confirm a recovery from the infamous Intel Cougar Point chipset glitch, hinting that it will announce some Intel Sandy Bridge desktop and laptop systems in the near future.

Chief Dell blogger Lionel Menchaca wrote about a number of new systems that Dell plans to bring to market in the next six weeks. Of most interest is an ultra-thin Inspiron laptop that we will see in April. Rumours have circulated that this will be part of the XPS series, potentially competing with Apple's Macbook Air.

There are more laptops in the Inspiron line that will come to market from next week. These are some of the company's most popular systems, ranging from desktop replacements to netbooks. The last major Inspiron release was the Inspiron Duo, Dell's weird tablet and netbook hybrid.

Intel's Sandy Bridge chip technology will also be at the heart of a number of business systems, including Latitude laptops and Optiplex desktops. Precision workstation desktops and laptops should also be getting a Cougar Point boost.

Very much a tease, Dell's announcement shows that even though it is expanding into the tablet and smartphone markets, the PC market is still where it makes most of its money. µ


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