Originally Posted by Myhre
not if they still wanted to have a 15.4inch portable. The 8600 is one of their most popular lines. The 9100 is one of their least popular. Only makes sense to enter the market with a portable 17inch portable in it's place.
problem is, the 9xxx series is associated with DTR, the 8xxx series with more mobile systems, then there are the Latitude lines, etc. There would be NO reason to create another line of every day laptops based on a mobile cpu and call it a 9xxx series. You might keep the 8600 and add an 8700 or something like that, but if the plan was a NON cutting edge unit, with a mobile cpu, 17" screen, good battery life, no upgradeable graphics for the future, would you call that a 9200 or an 8700? Seeing as it would fit the mold of an upgraded 8xxx, that would actually make sense.
Also, all the 17" units Dell would be competing against, or at least the ones I've bothered to look at
, are DTR, so it would not be competitive to put a non DTR against a DTR. Also, consider the 9xxx series is now synonimous (hope I spelled that correctly) with upgradeable graphics, upgradeable desktop based cpu's, and cutting edge performance, why go thru the hassle of creating that type of image for the 9xxx series to then turn it into a glorified 8xxx? Regardless of mxm and axiom, there's no reason to think Dell wouldn't design the next XPS/9200 to have an upgradable gpu, it doesn't seem like they're loosing money or interest or name recognition from this move. If anything, Dell is taking business away from the likes of Sager and AW etc.
And without regard to the standards that may or may not show up for laptops, unless the new line is going to have the mr9800 graphics card, which is end of life, the new laptop would have to be pci-e, and use the mrX600 which is pci-e only until ATI announces a mrX800 card. Or it would have to use nVidia's go6800.
of course, if you are right and they decide to bastardize the 9200 into a glorified 8600, then they'd probably scrap all the other techy things most of us love about the 9100/XPS, and we'll all be depressed there might not be a future upgrade for us that's a nice and inexpensive as Dell offered this time. And of course, for those who hadn't bought yet or couldn't afford an XPS yet, they'd be out of luck which would bite as well