Dell has rolled out three new laptops: the Sandy Bridge-upgraded Inspiron 13z and 14z, as well as the business-tailored 13.3-inch Dell Vostro V131. Powered by Intel's Huron River platform and a choice of Intel Core CPUs, the Inspiron 13z and 14z feature 13.3- or 14-inch displays respectively, and come with aluminum lids and palm rests. The Vostro V131 is a thin (0.83 inch/2.1 cm) and light (3.6 lbs/1.64 kg) laptop, reportedly offering up to 9.5 hours of battery life.
Dell Vostro V131
Running Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, the Vostro V131 is powered via either an Intel Celeron ULV 1.1GHz GPU with integrated Intel HD 2000, or a Core i3/i5 CPU with Intel HD 3000. It comes with up to 500GB of storage capacity, up to 6GB of DDR3 RAM, memory card reader, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 2x USB 3.0 ports, fingerprint reader and a chiclet keyboard. The promised 9.5 hours of battery life requires a 6-cell battery, while there's also a 4-cell available. Features such as 3G/4G (LTE or WiMAX) mobile broadband connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, SRS Premium Voice Pro or backlit keyboard come optionally.
The Dell Vostro V131 is available for purchase online, priced at US$499 for the basic, Intel Celeron-powered version.
Dell Inspiron 13z and 14z
Encased in an aluminum housing, the Inspiron 13z and 14z are powered by an Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 or i5 CPU, with Intel HD 3000 Graphics and up to 8GB of RAM. The New Inspirons' common features include: memory card reader, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 3.0, HDMI out and HD webcam. Their displays run at 1366 x 768-pixel resolution. Both of the Windows 7-based new Inspiron z arrivals also feature a full-size chiclet-style keyboard, SRS Premium Sound HD and Intel Wireless Display technology support.
The Inspiron 13z features either 320/500GB HDD or 128GB SSD, while the 14z features 500GB, 640GB or 750GB HDD. The 14z also optionally comes with a DVD drive built-in. Laptops are available in standard "Diamond Black" or optional "Fire Red" colors.
The Dell Inspiron 13z has been launched in Asia, priced at around US$739, while the Dell Inspiron 14z is available for purchase online, with prices starting from US$599.