Dell has unveiled the Inspiron M101Z, a new AMD-based sub-laptop that marks the arrival of the smaller rival to Intel in the pipping hot "thin and portable" segment on the laptop market.
The sub-laptop comes with a 1.7GHz Athlon II Neo K125 and can be upgraded to a K325 model which is clocked at 1.3GHz. There's also the RS880M which has a Radeon HD4200 GPU and is a direct competitor to the Nvidia ION (although either is incompatible with each other's platform).
The M101Z comes with a bigger screen, a 11.6-inch 1366x768 pixel model that can display 70 percent more pixels than the 10-inch model found on most netbooks. More importantly, the display is big enough to earn itself the all important HD ready moniker.
The rest of the configuration is a notch up compared to the netbooks; you get up to 4GB memory, 320GB hard disk drive, Windows 7 Home Premium, a 1.3-megapixel Webcam, Bluetooth 3.0, USB Powershare (to charge devices while in sleep mode), HDMI port and a media reader, all packed in a 1.56Kg chassis with a 6-cell battery.
You can add an Internal GPS, a TV Tuner and an external DVD drive, all of which comes at a costs. You can find out more about the M101z here. With a starting price of £379, it will go head to head against Dell's own Inspiron 11z which, believe it or not, is cheaper across the range.