Dell has released a new Vostro laptop today; the 12.1-inch Vostro 1220, as it moves to expand its ultraportable range aimed at small businesses.

The new model, available in obsidian black or deep cherry red rather than the usual array of smartie coloured variants will come with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, the promise up to 9 hours of battery life on the optional 6-cell battery. The usual array of connectivity options will include 802.11 draft-n wireless LAN or an optional mobile broadband module.

Elsewhere, you'll get support for up to 8GB Dual Channel 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM, the option of either a 16GB or 128GB Solid State Drive (SSD) over an 500GB hard drive for the storage hungry, and a Blu-ray drive, if that's your thing, in a model that weighs 1.52kg.

Prices start in the US from $799 although expect that to increase rapidly to $1869 if you go for the top line option with SSD and Blu-ray drive.

Dell says the new model is shipping globally, although the new laptop has yet to show up on the Dell UK site.