The Wall Street Journal has it on good authority that computer maker Dell will mount on Tuesday another challenge at the MacBook Air’s dominance with the XPS 15z announcement, their newest ultra-thin, stylish notebook teased with the “The game is about to change” tagline. The 15-inch machine probably sports the aluminum unibody construction Apple pioneered with the Air. It’ll start out at $999 and Dell says it’s the thinnest notebook “on the planet”. This could be interesting for Apple which doesn’t yet have a 15-inch MacBook Air model in its notebook arsenal…

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As you know, the MacBook Air family starts with the $999 11-inch MacBook Air model and ends with two $1,300/$1,600 units equipped with a 13-inch display. Dell, which first entered the premium notebook market with the Adamo brand, is clearly throwing down the gauntlet at Apple in both screen size and price departments. Joining Dell recently was Samsung which also took aim at Apple’s flash storage-based notebook with a thin Windows-based machine dubbed the Series 9.

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