Dell prepping AMD-based laptops for Q4 '06?

As usual, there's no official word from Dell on any of this, but it's clear that they can't ignore AMD in the consumer space forever. According to a report by ZDNet Asia, Dell is planning to release laptops based on AMD's Sempron and Turion 64 X2 processors this October, kicking things off with some 15.4-inch models. The anonymous Dell exec behind the leak was quick to downplay things: "This is not a big deal," he said, "In order to remain competitive, we have to make sure that we have [a wide] enough variety of products to meet the market demand." Apparently a "wide variety" doesn't mean AMD chips unless Dell decides to use them. An AMD rep was a bit more forthcoming, saying "This is a sensitive topic, though we won't deny the fact that we are working with Dell on desktop and notebook PCs." He also went on to note: "Consumers will be able to buy AMD-based computers from Dell by the end of the year." If that doesn't sound like a positive confirmation, we don't know what does.

[Via DailyCE, thanks Sabir S.]