Pocket-lint is reporting that the new 13.4-inch Dell Adamo does not have a user-replaceable battery. At this time, Dell hasn’t mentioned any costs associated with a new or replacement battery.
This mirrors the 13.3-inch Apple MacBook Air as well as Apple’s high-end 17-inch MacBook Pro.
As Pocket-lint points out, this means people won’t be able to hot-swap batteries, and will have to send them in to Dell to have the battery serviced/replaced.
When you look at the MacBook Air, Dell’s decision does makes sense, when you take into account just how thin the Adamo is. The Adamo is only 0.65 inches (16.51mm) thick, while the MacBook Air is 0.16 – 0.76 inches (4 – 19.4 mm). When you are designing something this thin and light and ultraportable, certain sacrifices have to be made in order to fit a battery that has an acceptable amount of battery life, and removing the mechanism(s) involved in user-replaceable batteries does help.