CES 2009 – Dell gets official with XPS 13 and XPS 16 laptops

Dell's not usually the first name that conjures up thoughts of sharp design to get your buddies and tiresome clients in a tizzy. But having already gi

Dell's not usually the first name that conjures up thoughts of sharp design to get your buddies and tiresome clients in a tizzy. But having already given the world a sneak peek of their MacBook Air rival, Adamo, Dell has gone official on their new XPS range, which we caught word of last month.

The XPS 13 and 16, come in, you may have guessed, 13in and 16in flavours, both rocking an impressively slick frame and a leather backing, which in fact is nowhere near as low rent as it sounds.

Both models tote 16:9 screens, HDMI, two USB ports, DisplayPort, a 2MP webcam and Vista Premium as standard, although Dell did tell us back in December that they'd be letting punters knock this back to  Windows XP at a cost.

Each one packs in 4GB RAM, a 320GB HDD and Intel Core 2 Duo, with the 13 rocking NVIDIA 9400M or 9500M depending on which package you plump for. The 16 is the real eye stroker though, with 1920x1080 resolution, ATI graphics and an optional Blu–Ray drive.

There's no news on UK pricing as yet, so we'll be getting the full skinny when we hook up with Dell later.

We'll be getting our hands–on both lappies when Dell opens its stand tomorrow here at CES. And remember you can follow all the action right from Las Vegas in our dedicated blog.