Dell is getting ready to hit the Advanced Micro Devices trifecta with a new notebook bearing AMD's Turion 64 X2 processors. An ordering page, spotted by the ever-cheeky Inquirer, lists three Dell AMD notebooks for sale.
Three different configurations of a 15.4-inch widescreen Inspiron 1501 notebook were listed on Dell's site. Two of the notebooks use a Turion processor that doesn't appear on AMD's pricing page at the moment, the single-core MK-36 processor. You can upgrade to faster dual-core versions for either $50 or $100, depending on the size of your wallet. The base price for the notebook is $704 with the MK-36 processor, dipping down to $549 if you want save money with a Mobile Sempron processor.
Dell has shown lots of love for AMD this year with new servers and desktops, but it hadn't said anything to date about notebooks, even though rumors have been flying all year about those systems. We put a call into a Dell representative with more questions about availability and other details. The ordering page lists a ship date of 11/30.
AMD's share of the mobile processor market soared in the third quarter, perhaps in part because Dell bought a bunch of chips for this series of notebooks. The company's in a bit of a manufacturing pinch at the moment though, which is reportedly causing some consternation among AMD customers not named Dell or Hewlett-Packard.
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