Article: Dell Expands Its Ultramobile Lineup (eWeek)

DellThere is an interesting article from eWeek.com: Dell Expands Its Ultramobile Lineup, concerning Dell’s recent release of the Dell Latitude D430, their latest widescreen 12.1-inch ultraportable laptop.

It was odd that the D430 didn’t come with much in the way of upgrades over the Latitude D420, but eWeek mentions that they offer the Intel Core 2 Duo U7500 (1.06GHz) in addition to the U7600. The U7500 is not mentioned on Dell’s site, however the Intel Core Solo U1400 is mentioned.

Excerpt from the article:

The Round Rock, Texas, PC vendor is now adding the Latitude D430 to its ultramobile lineup as the company looks to keep up with some recent offerings from OEMs such as Fujitsu, Samsung and Gateway.

When Dell rolled out the new D430 on June 28, the company announced that it would also offer a 32GB SSD (solid state drive) option with the new PC. The company has been pushing the SSD as an expensive add-on with several of its notebooks, including its other ultraportable model, the Latitude D420, its new Precision M430, which began shipping this week, and its semi-rugged Latitude D620 ATG laptop.

Ultraportable devices are one of the fastest growing segments of the PC market. In a June 12 report, IDC found that notebooks and ultramobile shipments increased 28 percent in the second quarter of 2007 compared to the same period a year ago.

At a meeting with financial analysts earlier this year in New York City, Intel executives told its audience that it was preparing to push more mobile products in the coming years, including chips designed for ultramobile and other portable devices. The chip maker will take a major step forward with that initiative later this year when its “Penryn” family of processors based on a 45-nanometer manufacturing process hit the market.

Full article at eWeek.com

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