I don't really think so. Dell doesn't even produce their own machines; all of them are produced by ODMs in China.
Besides, Latitudes are meant for "stability". Most accesories will still work in the newer models. So there is no reason to not adopt the newer technology.
What I personally think is that intel screwed it up with the newer platform. I've seen reports about bugs in the hardware. I've also heard that Dell still don't have the models finished yet.
Maybe it's just that intel decided to release Yonah too early.
Originally Posted by JaxChris
rocketman... there isn't a video card upgrade to go along with the dual core's that would warrant the release of a newer xps.
The XPS line is purely marketed for Gamers. Well Gamers do their homework. And Gamers know that in single-tasking (like Gaming) that there isn't enough difference for someone to trade in an XPS m170 for a newer dual core model unless it has better graphics.
The Latitude line is Dell's bread and butter. Companies do not upgrade machines EVERY YEAR. That would create an outrageously high TCO (total cost of ownership) in a company's technology budget. The current Latitude Dx10 line is the highest selling series that Dell has ever had. This means more of their customers upgraded laptops in the past 18 months than previous years. Which means a majority of their customers won't be ready for these machines yet.
Dell makes more money off of the first release sales of a new model than they make off the last release of an old model.
Now that there is a lull in the PC buying market (look at Intel's revenue expectations falling because of low demand) this gives Dell time to slowly release the dual cores in the Inspiron line as a test bed. Any bugs and issues that arise in the Inspiron's can then be fixed before release of an equivilent Latitude model. Dell would rather piss of the consumers than the businesses.
Hell, if you were a business... isn't that how you would do it? I sure would. Sacrifice the few for the many!