According to sources in Taiwan, where a majority of the worlds notebooks are designed and manufactured, Dell notebooks will roll off of the manufacturing line with AMD Turion X2 processors during the fall of this year. Availability will be for the holiday season.
This report does have to be met with a bit of skepticism, Dell has insisted that their relationship with AMD is for servers only at this point and not even Dell desktops offer AMD processors yet. However, rumors persist that we will see AMD based Dell desktops available by September which would most certainly indicate Dell is going to migrate AMD processors into its notebook offering.
Another point that would fuel some truth to this rumor is that Dell is losing ground to competitor HP at the moment. HP does sell AMD based notebooks, and generally offers every major model consumer notebook they have with an option of an Intel or equivalent AMD processor. Certain buyers who simply prefer AMD processors have no option with Dell, and will always go to HP or another notebook seller. For this reason Dell knows it is losing business to a certain market and may be eager to capture those buyers.
According to Digitimes.com, a very reputable Taiwanese based technology online newspaper, Taiwan notebook manufacturer Quanta will start producing a wide range of Dell notebooks with the AMD Turion 64 X2, Sempron and Athlon processor in 15.4-inch and 17-inch screen Dell model notebooks. The expected release date for the Dell AMD based notebooks is early November for the 15.4-inch variety and December for the 17-inch variety.
If this all comes true it will be great news for AMD, likely provide a bit of a business boost to Dell as they attract more buyers and make competition between HP and Dell very fierce. Pay attention this September to see if Dell releases AMD based desktops — if they do it’s fairly sure that notebooks with AMD processors are soon to follow.