Dell to release ultrathin XPS 14z this fall

The 0.9-inch thick notebook should be coming standard with Core i5, Nvidia graphics and USB 3.0
Allen Ngo,

Not to be confused with the Inspiron 14z, Dell is expected to soon release the thin-and-light XPS 14z notebook. At a claimed 0.9-inches, Dell will be marketing the new 14-incher as the “world’s thinnest fully-featured laptop.” The unit was on display at IFA 2011.

The new model will complement the XPS 15z that launched earlier this year. Both notebooks are targeting the ultrathin market and, more specifically, Apple’s MacBook Air. Fortunately, Dell was able to learn from its mistakes with the failed Adamo lineup and launched the XPS 15z for under $1000. While the launch price of the XPS 14z is unknown, we anticipate it to follow the same pricing trend of its larger sibling.

In terms of specs, the notebook is said to come with an Intel Core i5-2430M or a Core i7-2640M, dedicated Nvidia graphics with Optimus, USB 3.0, HDMI and a slot-loading optical drive. Other details, such as RAM and screen resolution, are still a mystery, but the notebook is expected to weigh just 4.36 pounds (1.98kg).

The Dell XPS 14z is already available in China, claims Thisismynext, and will be arriving to the U.S. and Europe within the coming months.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-09-30 (Update: 2012-05-26)
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.