Dell will soon start shipping a new 11.6" Inspiron M101z laptop that uses the AMD Nile platform. This system is expected to cost around $400 to $450 and will feature the AMD Athlon II Neo K125 or K325 processor, ATI Radeon HD 4200 integrated graphics and a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. Battery life is expected to be pretty good, the device's 6-cell battery promises to deliver 6.5 hours of fun.
Dell is the latest PC maker to tap the platform with the Inspiron M101z, which comes with an Athlon II Neo K125 or K325 CPU, Radeon HD 4200 series graphics, an 11.6" 1366x768 display, and a 6-cell battery that purportedly delivers 6.5 hours of run time. Dell's UK site is already taking orders. The system isn't listed on Dell's U.S. site at the moment, but Engadget suggests the M101z will sell for between $400 and $450 stateside.
The Inspiron's 0.95-1.38" thickness is a little on the chubby side, but the system weighs less than 3.5 lbs and has a full size keyboard. Factor in four color options and "smudge-free palm rests in brushed metallic finish," and this looks like an intriguing option for students and anyone else seeking a budget ultraportable that isn't stuck with one of Intel's last-gen Graphics Media Accelerators.