Dell Exhibits Products For 2010 at CES Event

Jeffrey Burt is a senior editor for eWEEK and contributor to TechWeekEurope

Dell officials talked up mobility at the CES event, with a host of new and enhanced laptops, as well as the upcoming Mini 3 Android smartphone and five-inch tablet

Dell is giving business users and consumers a look at new and future products at the CES event.

The systems maker on 7 January unveiled a host of new and enhanced mobile devices, including mainstream and gaming laptops, as well as a peek as its upcoming Mini 3 Android-based smartphone for the US market and five-inch tablet PC, which are due for release there later this year.

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Dell also announced that AT&T will be the next mobile operator to offer the Mini 3.

Other products highlighted include new Alienware gaming systems, new Inspiron laptops and desktops, and upgraded Studio systems. Many of the new and enhanced systems come with Intel’s latest Core processors, which the chip maker also announced 7 January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Dell officials said the key theme for the company at CES is mobility, in laptops and other devices.

“We are focused on technology and solutions that help people connect and share content virtually anytime and anyplace,” Michael Tatelman, vice president of sales and marketing for Dell’s global consumer business, said in a statement. “Consumers are demanding enhanced mobility in high-quality devices, and want to know they have made smart choices with their purchases.”

The announcements come on the heels of Dell’s news on 6 January that it is partnering with AT&T to bring the Android-based Mini 3 to the United States.

Dell officials announced the smartphone in November 2009, and released it first in Brazil and China. Now the device is going to the United States, though the vendor on 6 January released few details about the new phone.

The tablet prototype also runs Google’s Android mobile operating system, and at the show, Dell officials reportedly said they were looking at other screen sizes for the tablet beyond the five-inch version shown.

Dell unveiled three Alienware products, including the M17x, which officials called the most powerful 17-inch gaming laptop in the world. Among the key features are the use of Intel’s Core i7 chips that are combined with dual graphics. In addition, the Alienware 15x 15-inch laptop offers high-definition animation, and video and audio editing.

The M11x also offers HD resolution, and the Alienware OptX AW2310 23-three-inch monitor offers a full HD widescreen monitor for a more immersive experience and features Nvidia’s 3D Vision technology.

The Inspiron 14, 15 and 17 laptops offer thinner chassis, HD displays and Intel’s Core i5 chips. Systems powered by Core i3 processors will be available later in January, according to Dell.

Two new desktops, the Inspiron 580 and 580s, are offered with new Intel chips and a range of color choices.

The Studio 14, 15, and 17 multimedia laptops are powered by Intel’s i5 and i7 chips, while the Studio XPS 8100 replaces the 8000 by offering Core i5 chips.