Chandrakant 'CK' Isi
21:12 18th Sep, 2012
IFA 2012: Dell Unveils Windows 8 Based XPS 10 Tablet And XPS Duo 12 Laptop Hybrid
XPS 10 features a keyboard dock, whereas the Duo 12 flaunts a swivel design for the screen; both expected to launch in October.
After Samsung's announcement of the ATIV Tab, it's now Dell's turn to present its Windows 8 hardware at IFA. The new arrivals in Dell's camp include the XPS 10 tablet and XPS Duo 12 convertible ultrabook. Like its name suggests, the XPS 10 sports a 10" multi-touch screen. This slate can be turned into a laptop by attaching a keyboard accessory, which also happens to hold an additional battery. Dell claims that this extra cell helps to extend the tablet's uptime to as long as 20 hours on a single charge. The slate will be powered by an ARM CPU and run Windows RT, which is the low-power version of the Windows 8 OS. Little else is known about the specs or pricing, nor have any official press photos been released as of this writing. Here' the device as it appeared on TheVerge.com's coverage of the announcement.
Next, the XPS Duo 12 is an odd but unique hybrid that offers the functionality of a tablet and ultrabook in a single package. Its 12.5" Full HD (1080p) touchscreen features a swivel hinge design, which allows you to easily switch it between the tablet and laptop form factors. Unlike the XPS 10, the Duo 12 will be powered by an Intel Core series CPU, and probably run Windows 8 Pro. Dell claims that the gadget is made of aluminium and carbon fibre, while its screen is protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass. That's about all it's chosen to reveal for now.
Along with these two gadgets, Dell also showcased its XPS One 27 All-in-One PC, which sports a 27" Full HD display. While this isn't a new product and is already available for purchase on the US site, Dell showcased the Windows 8 touch-enabled version at the event. The most striking feature of this PC is its edge-to-edge glass display. Additionally, it comes with Infinity Premium speakers and Waves MaxxAudio 4 audio technology that promises better sound.
According to the press release, all three computing devices will launch along with the October-end release of Windows 8. However, as of this writing, there's no word on the pricing. What do you think of the swivel-edge design? Will it really prove to be useful, or do the detachable keyboard designs of the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 and Samsung's upcoming laptop make more sense? Let us know in the comments.
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