Dell to release sleek business notebooks tomorrow

Look out, Lenovo. Dell is about to release a pair of sleek business notebooks that look poised to steal some thunder from the ThinkPad X300/X301 and its acolytes. As Engadget reports, the 13.3" Latitude E4300 and 12.1" Latitude E4200 are coming out tomorrow and—judging by the pictures—they'll have very sleek, thin enclosures built out of the same sturdy materials as the ThinkPads.

Dell doesn't list the notebooks on its U.S. site just yet, but Engadget points out that Dell's Australian site already has all the details (albeit with the mention "coming soon"). The page for the Latitude E4300 shows both photos and specifications: Dell will apparently offer a Core 2 Duo processor, Intel GS45 Express chipsets, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, a choice of 64GB SSD or 160-250GB mechanical hard drives, a DVD burner, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and a chassis partly made of magnesium alloy with metallic hinges.

Dell's upcoming Latitude E4200 will have a smaller, 12.1" form factor but with the same 1280x800 display resolution as the E4300. The spec sheet for that system looks similar, too, although there Dell will only offer 64GB and 128GB SSDs, up to 5GB of RAM, and no DVD drives.

Check out official photo galleries for both the Latitude E4300 and Latitude E4200 for a closer look at the diminutive systems.

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