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Dell Alienware M11x R3 details leak

New revision may update processors to Sandy Bridge, could support 3G or 4G mobile broadband

Right off the heels of the recent Alienware m14x and m18x rumors come even more rumors about the existing Alienware m11x laptop. These new leaks suggest that a 2011 revision for the 11.6-inch laptop could be coming soon, complete with Sandy Bridge processors and even 3G or 4G broadband support.

According to PCWorld, the new m11x R3 could be sporting an overclockable Core i5-2537M, Core i7-2617M, or a Core i7-2657M Ultra Low Voltage processor. In comparison, the current m11x R2 model supports either a Core i5-520UM or Core i7-640UM, while the older R1 laptop uses a now relatively outdated Core 2 Duo processor. Other specifications, such as the RAM, will be upgraded to 1333MHz from 800MHz, but resolution and HDD options are expected to remain the same as before at 1366x768 pixels and up to 750GB.

Beyond the Sandy Bridge processors and mobile broadband support, however, there was no mention of what discrete graphics the new revision would take advantage of. Previous models all relied on the mid-range Nvidia Geforce 335M for gaming purposes and integrated Intel HD graphics for extended battery life. If Dell intends to market the new model for hardcore gamers on the go, we expect the graphics card to be updated to the more recent Geforce 500M series or possibly an AMD Radeon solution. The m11x series has always been known for packing one of the most powerful graphics in a sub 12-inch notebook, so hopefully Dell will continue with this tradition in the latest revision.

The present m11x R2 model currently sells for as low as $599, but can reach over $1000 depending on user configuration.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-03-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)