Dell Boots Up New Ultralight Laptop

Latitude weighs 2 pounds, boasts 19-hour battery
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2008 2:34 AM CDT
Chairman and CEO of Dell Michael Dell poses the newly launched ultra-light Latitude laptop today.   (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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(Newser) – Dell has unveiled a new ultra-portable Latitude laptop to go head-to-head with Apple's MacBook Air. The new entry into the most active segment of the PC market comes with a 12.1-inch screen, weighs just 2 pounds and has a 19-hour battery life with an add-on, reports MarketWatch.

The new Latitude models also use solid-state drives, which are designed to be more durable than traditional  drives. "This product will fit inside an envelope pretty easily," quipped a Dell senior vice president, referring to an Apple commercial showing the MacBook Air sliding in a manila envelope.