Dell announces XPS Duo 12 and XPS 10 Windows 8/RT devices

Here at Neowin we just so happened to have leaked some details about Dell's Windows 8 tablet plans, and these have just been confirmed today via IFA 2012. The first device is the most interesting, because it's the previously leaked Dell XPS Duo 12: a swiveling Windows 8 device that converts from an ultrabook to a tablet with ease. Just like the leak, it's got a 12.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display with edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass, plus Intel hardware that features processor options up to their Core i7 range.

The other device, the Dell XPS 10, is a 10.1-inch Windows RT tablet that comes with a slim-hinge keyboard dock and apparently 20 hours of battery life from a single charge (presumably while docked to the keyboard). Apart from showing what the device looked like, Dell didn't reveal anything about the internal specs of the device.

Dell says that both of these devices will be available for purchase shortly after the launch of Windows 8 in October, but at this stage pricing has not been announced. Also, the other Windows 8 tablet with Intel internals we leaked (the Dell Latitude 10) has not as yet made an official public appearance, so we might just have to wait a bit longer for that device.

Source: Engadget | The Verge (1) (2)

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What I find amazing is that the previous Big US players have all but given up on the PC market. HP and Dell. Thats why Microsoft had to make the surface. All the Asian OEMs look way better ASUS, Samsung and Lenovo. It reminds me what happen to the US car Market.

bridges said,
I'm a huge dell fan but what heck is that in the first picture!?

That is for when you buy a Duo, use it as a tablet for a few mins realize how unproductive it is, and then cheer when you realize you can turn it back into a regular laptop.

Oh, I don't know. I want to get a Dell hybrid 'cause I use a Dell (XPS) desktop, but I don't like what Dell is offering. I just don't know about that swivel; I prefer more of a sliding mechanism.

I guess it's still Surface Pro, but I'll keep an eye on Dell.

I was excited for a split second until I saw the photos. Never buying this swiveling monstrosity. What designer drugs do these people take? Other than the Lenovo tablet (with it's big, ugly logo on the front), I haven't seen anything else yet that would make me consider not getting a Surface...

Cyborg_X said,
Duo is a rehashed design failure from a while back.

agree, not sure why they'd want to go back there. the fact that you have to open it up to many time its own size to switch is rediculous. Imagin sitting in an airplane" Excuse me Sir, would you mind getting up? I need to switch my Dell Duo....."

Surface still gets my vote thus far. Samsung didn't look too bad. I think I now know why MS decided to go with Surface. These designs are just so... meh. Not terrible but not really exciting. In the end I just want it to work I suppose so price will be a factor more than anything for me.

This swiveling would be a huge success among toddlers compared to any toddler app that will appear in the app store.

Edited by d5aqoëp, Aug 30 2012, 2:58pm :

So... is there no attractive alternative to the surface then I take it? We're getting pretty close to Win 8 launch.

Really want more info on this, None of these new devices seem to show their memory, just CPU and HDD. If they're to compete with actual laptops they really need to be having around 6GB memory by now.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
Really want more info on this, None of these new devices seem to show their memory, just CPU and HDD. If they're to compete with actual laptops they really need to be having around 6GB memory by now.

Seems that all the x86 ones come with a pathetic 4GB RAM. I really want to buy a transformer style one but I just can't with less than 8GB RAM.

S_Herbie said,
Not really, they just need to be able to use the resources they do have effectively

It won't hurt to add $10 worth of RAM to bump it up to 8GB in at least the higher end models. I refuse to buy one with less than 8GB RAM and I really really do want to buy one.

Hybrids are interesting. I like the ASUS Taichi. Its design works, but it seems a bit wasteful and it's probably expensive. Everything else is either a slider or a detachable keyboard and screen, and most of them look quite nice. I don't think I can swallow this Dell swivel thing though. It looks fragile and awkward to use, and just a bit too weird. Of all the hybrid designs shown so far, I think this is the worst.

until now I didn't see a tablet more beautiful than the surface,and remember dell braging that their tablets will be better,I don't think so

I think Microsoft probably saw this swivelling monstrosity and immediatley decided to start work on Surface. No wonder they felt the need to raise the bar.

pirajoc said,
until now I didn't see a tablet more beautiful than the surface,and remember dell braging that their tablets will be better,I don't think so

+1. These are quite fugly. Looks like recycled Windows 7 tablet hardware.

Heh, I think my judgement on fuglyness will mostly depend on the price. Anything at $199, and i'll just suck it up. Putting a paper bag over it wouldnt work in this case

Vannos said,
Heh, I think my judgement on fuglyness will mostly depend on the price. Anything at $199, and i'll just suck it up. Putting a paper bag over it wouldnt work in this case

I guess pride and taste are getting cheaper as well then...

mahara said,

I guess pride and taste are getting cheaper as well then...

Congratulations, you just defined the Apple poster boy, and you probably (probably) are one, too.

I already can picture you in line outside the local Apple store for "the new iPad" ... which is mostly just like the earlier iPad before it.