PC Magazine is reporting that Dell will be making the transition to all LED-backlit displays for its laptops by 2010. They told PC Magazine that by the middle of this December, around 66% of their existing Latitude E-series laptops will be shipped with LED-backlit displays (mercury-free no less) as the standard display.
They predict that around 80% of all Dell laptops sold by the end of 2009 will be LED-backlit.
It’s hard to say when some of their budget lines, such as the 13.3″ Dell Inspiron 13 will be LED-backlit – probably by the end of the 2009 since they could (in theory) share panels with the E4300 series.
This should help extend battery life on most models (15-20% depending on who you ask) as well as help bring the price of such panels down as economies of scale kicks in.
Read: PC Magazine