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Dell to announce Adamo line successor, XPS 15z

Dell plans to roll out its Adamo follow-on tomorrow. It's not as thin as the Adamo but packs more performance and features.

Dell tomorrow plans to announce what the company is positioning as the successor to its ultrathin Adamo line.

The Dell XPS 15z is being positioned as the successor to the Adamo, Dell's ultrathin laptop line that was discontinued.
The Dell XPS 15z is being positioned as the successor to the Adamo, Dell's ultrathin laptop line that was discontinued. Dell

The 0.97-inch thick XPS 15z can be configured with Intel "Sandy Bridge" Core i5 (2.9GHz) and Core i7 (3.4GHz) processors, a 15.6-inch 1920-by-1080 resolution display (300-nit), and a 750GB 7200RPM hard disk drive.

Constructed from anodized aluminum, it will also be offered with Nvidia GT 525M graphics, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and Mini DisplayPort ports, a slot-load optical drive, a "spill resistant" back-lit keyboard, Ethernet port, media card reader, and a 1.3MP Webcam with dual array microphones.

As a bonus, the 15z qualifies for the free Xbox 360 4GB console promotional offer. Orders can arrive the next day with Dell's "fast ship" option, the company said.

As CNET reported earlier, the 15z is expected to start at $999 with Windows 7 Home Premium.

The Dell Adamo was discontinued in February. Launched in March 2009, it competed with Apple's MacBook Air.