Watch out Apple, 'cause Dell has an XPS up its sleeve

Apparently, Dell is coming out with some ultra-portable Macbook killer that’s due out by year’s end blah blah blah, you know the deal. What matters are the specs and unique features, because if this Dell XPS M1530 doesn’t pack anything worthwhile, it has no chance of overtaking Apple’s Macbook in terms of popularity.

Luckily, the specs have been leaked like a faucet in John’s new house. Take a gander:

* 15.40-inch display (CCFL up to 1680 x 1050, LED up to 1440 x 900)
* Core 2 Duo options from 1.5GHz (T5250) up to 2.6GHz (T7800)
* Crestline GM/PM 965 chipset with up to 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
* GeForce 8400M or 8600M GS options (up to 256MB)
* Slot-loading Blu-ray / 8x DVD±RW
* Options for 802.11a/b/g/n, WWAN, Bluetooth
* HDMI, VGA, 1394, ExpressCard, (3) USB 2.0, Ethernet, fingerprint reader, media reader
* 2.0 megapixel (with CCFL) or 300k (with LED) cameras
* Weighs about 4 pounds

Well, considering the Core 2 Duo is there and HDMI + Blu-ray will be available, I’d say that we have a decent competitor on our hands. What Dell, no love for the HD DVD?