Fusion APUs pop up in 11.6-inch Dell ultraportable

— 12:20 PM on April 4, 2011

Dell is the latest big-name PC maker to jump on the Fusion bandwagon. The company's Singapore site has started listing an Inspiron M102z notebook available with AMD E-350 and C-50 APUs. The Zacate-based E-350 should be familiar from HP's Pavilion dm1z, while the Ontario-derived C-50 broke cover in Acer's Aspire One 522.

In the Inspiron, those APUs are combined with an 11.6" screen that offers 1366x768 pixels of display resolution. The E-350 comes paired with 4GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive, while the C-50 is limited to 2GB of RAM and 320GB of storage. Both hard drives have 7,200-RPM spindle speeds, which is a nice bonus.

Those accustomed to Dell's usual array of configuration options will likely be disappointed by the M102z. You can choose between four lid colors and matching accessories, but there's very little tweaking to be done on the hardware front. The only option I'm seeing is the battery, which can be switched between units with 56- and 90-Wh ratings.

With the smaller-capacity battery, the Inspiron is said to weigh in at an easily portable 3.4 lbs. The system's 8.1" x 11.5" x 1-1.4" dimensions are pretty reasonable, as well. As far as pricing goes, Dell Singapore charges the same for the C-50-powered M102z as it does for the M101z—699 Singapore dollars, or about $554. Stepping up to the E-350 chip induces a 14% premium. The M101z costs $429.99 Stateside, in case you're wondering, so it's probably safe to expect a similar price tag once the M102z makes it across the Pacific. Thanks to Engadget for the tip.

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