New Dell Ultrathin Laptop to Rival MacBook Air: XPS 15z Spotted

The MacBook Air has been a huge success for Apple and we recently started to speculate about the features and specs for the 2011 MacBook Air refresh due in the next month or so. However it seems that Dell is doing its best to introduce a rival to the MacBook Air, in the form of an ultrathin, sleek notebook, and we now hear that one of the lineup, the XPS 15z has been spotted.

We heard about the new line of Dell laptops from Brooke Crothers over on Cnet, who told how the first, a 15.6-inch model, would be introduced within the next few weeks. The initial offering in the new line of ultrathin laptops will feature the latest Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 processors, as on the latest Apple MacBook Pros and iMacs. We also strongly feel that these processors will feature in the upcoming MacBook Air refresh.

The new Dell line is evocative of the old Adamo brand, which was also ultrathin but didn’t live up to its looks performance-wise. However the new lineup is aimed at being beautiful, sleek and high-performance with one source saying, “This is the first in a series of products where [Dell is] going to focus on ultra-performance and ultrathin. This is not a one-time product. This is a full commitment to a product category that is focused on thin and powerful.” As well as the latest powerful processors the new Dell line will feature high-resolution displays and pricing will start at less than $1000, which sounds pretty impressive.

More models will apparently follow in different sizes and these will be obvious competition for the Apple MacBook Air, although the first 15.6-inch model is larger than the current 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch Airs. The news of the new Dell ultrathin was exciting enough but now we also have some pictures of what looks to be the 15.6-inch model described above, from Mobile Review. The notebook which is dubbed the XPS 15z is shown in all its glory (above) and we’re also informed that a 14-inch and 17-inch version will be available.

What are your thoughts on these new Dell ultrathin and high-performance notebooks? Do you think they could indeed rival Apple’s MacBook Air? Let us know with your comments.