Dell on Tuesday unveiled a new flagship ultra-thin laptop XPS 14z, whose thinness (0.9 inches) and low price ($999) could pit it as a formidable rival of Apple's MacBook Pro.

    The XPS 14z features the second-generation Intel Core i5 / i7 processors, an HD WLED display for great entertainment experiences, a slot-load optical drive and NVIDIA graphics option. Its unique design maximizes screen size, delivering a 14-inch screen in a 13-inch form factor.

    The XPS 14z delivers what professionals want - raw power paired with a stunning, sophisticated design that signals 'I've arrived', said Steve Felice, president of Dell's Consumer and Small/Medium Business group. The XPS 14z is specifically engineered to help our customers do more in their personal and professional lives - and it advances our industry-leading vision for thin-and-powerful solutions that deliver performance without compromise.

    Meanwhile, Apple on Monday refreshed its MacBook Pro lineup with new processors and graphics chips.

    The 13-inch version is available with a dual-core processor, a 2.4 GHz Core i5 or a 2.8 GHZ Core i7 CPU. The 15-inch version comes with either a quad-core 2.2 GHz i7 or a 2.4 GHz i7 CPU, while the 17-inch version offers only a 2.4 GHz i7 CPU.

    Which device will beat the other? Following is a comparison of specs of Dell XPS 14z and MacBook Pro. It may help you to understand better which of the two is better.

    Features

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     Dell XPS 14z

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     MacBook Pro

    OS

    Windows 7 Home Premium

    Mac OS X Lion

    Processor

    Second Gen. Intel Core i5

    and i7 Dual-core processor

    2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5

    2.8Ghz dual-core Intel Core i7

    Storage

    500GB to 700GB (7200rpm), 256SSD

    500GB, 750GB (5400rpm)

    Screen

    14-inch HD LED-backlit

    13.3-inch HD LED-backlit

    Thickness

    0.9 inches

    0.95 inches

    Battery Life

    Up to 6 hours and 42 min

    Up to 7 hours

    Price

    Starts from $999

    Starts from $1,199

    RAM

    6GB DDR3 (up to 8GB)

    4GB DDR3 (up to 8GB)

    Weight

    4.36 lbs

    4.5 lbs

    Net Working

    802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth 3.0

    802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth 2.1

    Ports

    USB 3.0, 2.0, HDMI, Mini Display

    USB 2.0, Firewire, Thunderbolt

    Resolution

    1366*768

    1280*800

    Graphics

    Intel Integrated Graphics, or

    NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M with 1GB graphics memory

    Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 384 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory

    Conclusion

    Dell XPS 14z is the obvious winner because it is thinner and bears a lower price tag