Originally Posted by Rogifan
I would agree with this when we're talking about specs for specs sake. But I don't put a retina display in that category, Just today Dell announced a new Ultrabook with Macbook Pro like high res display and 13 hour battery life. Which begs the question, could Apple product a rMBP in an Air like form factor? Because it appears that Windows OEM's aren't having problems doing it with Ultrabooks.
You're talking about the Dell XPS 11, which at $999 only includes an i3 and 80GB of SSD (vs. i5 and 128GB on the Air), and features a wonderful "capacitive touch" keyboard and that will be shipping in unknown quantities in November? How many of these will they sell? Dell may be able to move a lot of $400 15" laptops, but I'm not sure this thing will be a raging success that necessitate mass-production.
And unless I'm mistaken, that high-res Lenovo Thinkpad Gatorguy linked to weights 5.45 pounds(!) and only has 6 hours of battery life. The latest Samsung high-res laptops announced a couple of months ago weight something in between the Air and the Pro, with the price of the Pro, and don't really have the 12h battery life that was "mistakenly" put in their confusing press release.
And we still don't know anything about the Haswell MacBook Pros, which may well be thinner and lighter to the point of being close to the Air.