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01 March 2013, 11:57

Dell Sputnik now being sold in Europe

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Dell's Sputnik developer laptop, which has recently received a bump to its specifications, is now available for purchase from Dell's UK web site and the company has also launched the product on its German language sites. The product can be found in a new "Developer/Linux" category in the Laptops & Ultrabooks entry in Dell's Small and Medium Business (SMB) online store.

The Sputnik costs £899 – which makes it £120 cheaper than the comparable XPS 13 model pre-installed with Windows 8, which sells for £1,019. Since the product is aimed at businesses, all prices exclude VAT and shipping. On the German language web site, the difference between the two models is somewhat smaller at €50. Dell has been selling the developer version of its XPS 13 laptop in the US since November.

XPS model comparison
Zoom Comparing the Sputnik (above) with the regular XPS 13 model in Dell's online store

The 13" Sputnik includes an Intel Core i7-3537U CPU, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD for storage. The resolution of its screen was recently increased to a more developer-friendly 1920×1080 pixels. It comes pre-installed with Dell's modified version of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS that includes hardware support patches and several developer tools; this Sputnik image can be downloaded from the Ubuntu servers.


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