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Successor to Dell Adamo will be announced in the coming weeks

New upcoming laptops should be revealed sometime next month with updated Sandy Bridge chipsets

We reported early last month about the demise of the Dell Adamo line and that a replacement model would likely be in the works to restart Dell’s thin-and-light laptop strategy. Well, an official Dell blog post has now announced several new upcoming laptops across multiple notebook families to be revealed over the next six weeks, including a new ultra-slim notebook.

The new ultra-slim notebook is expected to succeed the discontinued Adamo and could be branded as part of the XPS family of laptops. Additionally, new laptops under the Inspiron, Lattitude, and XPS line are coming sooner rather than later in the year. For these laptops, Dell plans on including the new Sandy Bridge architecture into these latest offerings in an attempt to ship more systems based on Intel’s newest chipset than “just about anyone else.”

Regarding the upcoming Dell ultra-slim notebook, the new product will be competing against the current Apple MacBook Air. This is Dell’s second chance in the thin-and-light notebook category against Apple, and may hopefully make a bigger splash this time with a more promising design and cheaper starting price. Unfortunately for Dell, Apple has yet to announce a refresh this year of the MacBook Air. In fact, the last Macbook Air refresh was announced last October with the now relatively outdated Intel Core 2 Duo processor, so more surprises from Apple are sure to come up later this year.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-03-10 (Update: 2012-05-26)