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Notebook news: Dell does density, but Lenovo's a lot lighter

Laptop season brings a pair of intriguing new models

CES 2015 January is here and CES is in full swing. That means a fresh crop of new devices, including a refresh to notebook lines for most companies.

Two of the more interesting notebooks to have appeared this week are new models from Dell and Lenovo that both look to break new ground in the design space.

From Dell, the XPS 13 boasts a full 13in screen crammed into the casing of an 11in notebook model. The Texan PC giant was able to squeeze a couple more inches of screen space into the notebook by nearly doing away with the bezel (the black part around the screen).

The XPS 13 ranges in cost from a US$849 low-end model to a $1949 setup. The notebook can be equipped with Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors and either 4GB or 8GB RAM. The notebook is equipped with SSD storage scaling from 128GB to 512GB.

All models come with the 13.3in Infinity Display and Intel HD 5500 graphics. The notebook weighs in at 2.8lbs regardless of configuration and ships with Windows 8.1.

If a lighter notebook is your thing, Lenovo has introduced a new featherweight entry to the 13in market. The company's LaVie Z notebook weighs in at just 1.72 lbs. The company credits the weight reduction to the use of a lighter magnesium-lithium case material and other lightweight internal components.

Inside, the Lavie Z notebook can be equipped with up to a Core i7 and either 4 or 8 GB of RAM. The lightweight laptop is limited to a 128GB SSD and Intel HD integrated graphics. Lenovo said the notebook won't be shipping until May and will sport a starting price of $1,299. ®

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