Over the past few months, there has been a silent race by laptop makers to bring into the market under 1 kg laptops.
The front runners in this race have been Lenovo, HP, Samsung, LG, Google, and Apple.
We have a 2 pounds Lenovo Thinkpad Nano X1 weighing 2 pounds, an HP Pavilion Aero 13 at 2.2 pounds, LG Gram 14 at 2.2 pounds, Google Pixelbook Go at 2.3 pounds, and a supposedly future MacBook Air which is rumored to be thinner and lighter than the current MacBook Air.
The lightest one, however, has been the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro at only 1.92 pounds.
Dell seems to be fighting hard to get into this space.
Sources within Dell disclosed that Dell is considering a laptop design that fits into this under 1 kg laptop weight.
According to Brooke Crothers, a contributor at Consumer Tech, a source within Dell has confirmed that Dell is very much aware of the 1kg space.
People are looking for lighter devices and Dell wants to fill this space without compromising on performance as is the case with most other laptops in this space.
Laptops that weigh less than 2.5 pounds are quickly going mainstream.
Dell has experimented with less than 2.5 pounds of laptops before, albeit eons ago in technological time.
As early as 2013, Dell offered the Dell XPS 11 with a weight of 2.4 pounds, which was, unfortunately, not very well-received due to its flat membrane keyboard.
The problem was that users had limited tactile feedback and found it difficult to type on over longer stretches.
Dell currently offers the XPS 13, which weighs 2.8 pounds. It also offers a detachable Latitude 7320. This is not technically a laptop, but a tablet with a keyboard cover a la Microsoft Surface.
The tablet itself is 1.7 pounds. With a keyboard cover, it weighs 2.4 pounds.
The current market is moving towards under 2.5 pounds.
This category of laptops could reach a milestone in the next 12 to 24 months, as larger 13-inch class laptops will drop to less than 2.5 pounds category.
The same thing happened a few years ago with 13-inch laptops weighing less than 3 pounds, which are popular today.
HP recently announced that the latest entry into space is the 2.2-pound Pavilion Aero 13, which boasts a magnesium-aluminum slimming case.
HP now offers the Elite Dragonfly, which weighs in at 2.2 to 2.49 pounds, depending on the model.
Apple is working on a “thinner and lighter” version of the MacBook Air, which will be released in the second half of this year, according to Bloomberg.
If the ultra-light 13-inch MacBook Air becomes a hit, much of the market will probably follow quickly with a similar design.