Due to a mistake (?) by Dell staff, the rumored Alienware M18 that we’ve heard so much about made a quick appearance on Dell’s Canadian website. Before it was taken down again, though, some sleuthing by tech bloggers at Engadget revealed a portion of its specifications and pricing.
The base model of the M18x was apparently priced at $2,000 CAD, and this included 4GB of RAM, a 2.7GHz quad-core Core i7, a 320GB hard drive and an Nvidia GTX 460M graphics card.
These are obviously rather meager specs for a gaming laptop this large, so the interesting part is in the upgrades and other capabilities. Rumor has it that both CrossFireX and SLI (dual GPU) configurations will be available, though, as well as an option for a Core i7 Extreme Edition with a knob that goes to eleven – i.e., you may be able to overclock it up to 4GHz.
A 1080p panel is also provided, WirelessHD and an HDMI 1.4 port that can send 3D signals to your compatible HDTV, says Engadget. Additionally you will be able to equip it with no less than 32GB of DDR3 RAM. All in all, this is shaping up to be one massive and exceptionally powerful beast, and likely very expensive once you start adding all the aforementioned upgrades.
There are no news yet as to when the Alienware M18x comes up on Dell’s websites “for real”, but a word-wide release date shouldn’t be far off considering its brief Canadian appearance.