Dell Clearing Adamo Stocks, Preparing MacBook Air Rival?

Dell may well be on the verge of refreshing its Adamo range of ultra thin, ultra portable laptops in a bid to compete more effectively with Apple's newly released MacBook Air notebooks.

There's currently one version of Adamo which is available from Dell for £999; it comes with an Intel Core 2 Duo ULV SU9400 CPU clocked at 1.4GHz (with 3MB L2 cache), 2GB RAM, a 1.3-megapixel camera, a 13.4-inch WLED display, 128GB SSD, Bluetooth, Next Business Day hardware support and Windows 7 Home 64-bit.

However, given that the same laptop with Vista Home edition 64-bit rather than Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit is on sale at Saveonlaptops for only £550 and one may suspect that the Dell is trying to quietly get rid of existing stock ahead of the launch of new products.

The reason why Dell may be willing to launch updated Adamo models lies in the fact that Apple now has the upper hand as far as design is concerned; for example, both Macbook Air laptops have a thickness of between 3mm and 17mm while the normal Adamo is 16.4mm thick (and the Adamo XPS, 9.9mm).

The newer MacBook Air is, in a nutshell, a better laptop compared to the Adamo especially at £1099. The 13-inch MBA is lighter, has a better processor, a much lower volume (w x d x h), packs a proper GPU (the Nvidia Geforce 320M) and has a battery capacity of 50Whr.

Our prediction? Dell will refresh the Adamo range just in time for Christmas 2010 with models being displayed at CES in Las Vegas next year.