Dell unveils ultraportable gaming laptop, slate prototype

The CES fervor hasn't spared Dell, which announced earlier today an Alienware-branded ultraportable gaming notebook, a slate PC prototype, and a host of new but less-exciting systems based on Intel's 32-nm processors.

Dell bills the Alienware M11x as its "first ultra-mobile gaming laptop," and it's easy to see why. The 11" notebook purportedly has the power to play all games and media at a 720p resolution, much like larger 15" offerings. Gizmodo got a first-hand look at the system on the show floor, and it says an Nvidia graphics processor lets the Alienware M11x reach 50 FPS in Crysis and 30 FPS in Call of Duty (presumably one of the Modern Warfare titles) "on High Settings." Users can switch from the Nvidia GPU to integrated graphics in "seconds" without restarting or logging out, at which point you're looking at 6.5 hours of battery life, Gizmodo adds.

We've included some official photos of the Alienware M11x in the image gallery below.

Dell demonstrated its 5" slate PC prototype, too, images of which we've also included in our gallery. While Dell itself doesn't say much in the way of specs or availability, Engadget has gotten some hands-on time with the device, and it looks to run Google's Android operating system. There's a five-megapixel camera at the back, and Pocket-Lint writes that the slate features a SIM card slot.

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