UK retailer Dixons is preparing its own MacBook Air rival for the holiday shopping season, in the shape of the Advent Altro. The 13.3-inch CULV ultraportable measures 21mm thick and weighs 1.6kg, and packs 3GB of RAM and an Intel Celeron processor. Unlike the Air, however, the Altro will start at just £600 ($987; the Air retails from £1,149 in the UK).
Your money gets you WiFi and Bluetooth, together with a multitouch-capable trackpad and fingerprint reader. A built-in webcam and 120GB shock-proof hard-drive round out the main specifications, while ports include a single USB 2.0, an HDMI, audio out and a "multifunction connector" which can be used to hook up an external port replicator. Bizarrely, though, the replicator has just two USB 2.0 ports of its own.
A second version of the ultraportable, the Elite, stepping up to an Intel Core 2 Solo processor and with a "premium flush glass finish" to the display will also be on offer, priced at £800 ($1,316). Each will come with Windows Vista, but be eligible for free Windows 7 upgrades. Both the Advent Altro and the Advent Altro Elite will hit shelves in the UK from August 24th.
[via Register Hardware]