Dell plans high-end computers
Dell executives said the company would soon launch a luxury line of computers under the brand name Adamo.
Computer manufacturer Dell, trailing Hewlett-Packard in worldwide sales, could have used a home run at the International Consumer Electronics Show. Instead, it came to Vegas with a model and a mirage.
A model stood and removed a thin, black laptop from a bag and posed "Project Runway" style for a scrum of photographers.
She did not turn on the computer, and Dell gave no details about what is under the hood.
Alex Gruzen, a senior vice president in Dell's consumer product group, would not say how much the new machine would cost, but emphasised that it would be a high-end, high-performance laptop. He defended the company"s decision to launch a luxury line during the global recession.
"It's not the only product we're launching," he said.
"It's the right time, with the technologies and materials for us to satisfy a very important Dell customer segment," said Gruzen.
Adamo, or "to fall in love with" in Latin, is set to debut with more details sometime in the next six months.
Dell and HP have excelled in delivering functional, powerful, inexpensive computers, but both are racing to meet a new generation of consumers' desire for a little more flair. In the meantime, Apple Inc has gained share with sleeker designs.
In a recent interview at Dell's headquarters in Round Rock, Texas, Dell's Vice-President of Consumer Experience Design, Ed Boyd, declared that "the death of the utilitarian PC has occurred".
Dell did make some concrete announcements on Friday in the show, including two not-yet-released products, a 10-inch "netbook" PC and a tiny portable photo printer.
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