Dell unveils 18-inch XPS 18 portable, tablet-like Windows 8 all-in-one

Today Dell has taken the wraps off a brand new portable all-in-one/tablet system, similar to Sony's Vaio Tap 20, that it's dubbing the XPS 18. The device is a Windows 8 desktop all-in-one with an in-built battery that's rated for five hours of use, allowing you to convert it (using the supplied kickstand) into a number of forms, including a fully-flat tablet; alternatively you will be able to dock the XPS 18 into an optional stand for use as a traditional all-in-one.

Specifications wise, the entry-level model will be decked out with an 18.4-inch 1920 x 1080 touchscreen display, an Intel dual-core Pentium ULV processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 320 GB hard drive. For a bit of extra cash you can upgrade this machine to include up to 8 GB of RAM, a 512 GB solid state drive, and an Intel Core i7 processor. Overall, the system is much smaller than the Vaio Tap 20, weighing just 2.2 kg (4.85 lb) and coming in at under 18mm thick.

The all-in-one/tablet combo will be available next month for $899, which will get you the aforementioned base model plus a Blutetooth keyboard and mouse, similar to the Vaio Tap 20. When we reviewed the Tap 20 we thought it was an interesting form factor marred by a poor execution, although Dell's machine here is thinner and lighter, which may make it a better option for a portable Windows 8 all-in-one.

Source: Engadget | Image via Dell

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Yesterday I was really surprised to see an ad where Dell offered an all-in-one PC with Celeron processor. I thought that line was killed off years ago.

What? You are aware that the i3, i5 and i7 are all based on the Pentium...right?
Intel has never dropped the Pentium or Celeron processor, they are simply marketed based on their design.

For example, the Pentium D was basically to full prorcessors on the same die. The orginal Core is still a Penitum. What they did was take the Pentium's cores and make them work together to share the cache and bus. Same with the Core 2 Duo and today's present Core variation. What makes them better than the Pentium is you get more power with less power consumption under normal loads. The Cores are all separate CPU's that worked together and still share the cache.

Celeron's are not unigue processors. They are Pentium's that have failed features. It's basically a Pentium that was damaged during creation. But the die is still usable. Instead of wasting them, Intel disables some features, lowers the cache an sells them at a lower price. They still are very powerful, just limited unlike their Pentium brothern that are fully casted and no disabled features.

The benefit of Celeron is you can get a similarly clocked and spec'd PC that is still powerful enough for tasks. If you took a celeron and took its exact Pentium counter part and did similar tasks like CD rippingfor example, the Pentium will simply complete the task faster. The Celeron is actually even more efficient powerwise vs the Pentium and is plenty powerful enough for the typical consumer. You only need Pentium or what is labelled todays iSeries if you need more power for Graphic intensive gaming or if you do media creation/consumption. An Intel i3 would be equally as powerful as a Celeron based CPU for general computing tasks.

.Neo said,
Yesterday I was really surprised to see an ad where Dell offered an all-in-one PC with Celeron processor. I thought that line was killed off years ago.
You should read what the Celeron is. its a Pentium basically. Look it up. Why should they kill it off? They havent killed off the Pentium...its just marketed differently. The Pentium is never going anywhere.

In fact the latest Xeon's are all based on the Pentium design. You can even get a Xeon as a socket 775 if you have a board that supports it. You can also get it in the socket 1366 as well right along with its i7 counyterpart. Both the i7 and the Xeon are the same CPU. The only difference is the Xeon has more internal memory and a larger cache as they are design to hold more repeat instructions from server applications.

The Xeon, the i3, i7 and i5 are all Pentium's and when Inetl makes then and they are slightly damaged, they are still usable and are sold as Celeron. Just look it up.

TechieXP said,
You should read what the Celeron is. its a Pentium basically. Look it up. Why should they kill it off? They havent killed off the Pentium...its just marketed differently. The Pentium is never going anywhere.

Where did I say Intel should kill them off? Nowhere. I was merely surprised to see them still around as I hadn't seen PCs with Celeron processors in them actively marketed for a while and thought the line (if even in name only) was discontinued.

It's funny though you're bringing up the story behind Celeron, them being Pentium chips that failed quality control. I heard that story somewhere in the very early 2000s from a classmate in high school, but for whatever reason thought he made it up.

This baby here looks better than any AIO Dell has ever made and for $899 that isn't to shabby.
Though I woulkdnt consider that to be even remotely tablet-like, it actually looks better than the latest iMac's. I haven't had a Dell in a while and I really want an AIO they had some time ago.

Imagaine being at a cafe' with all the MacTard's and you whip this beautiful thing out your bag? Full HD, plenty of storage 5 hours of batt is plenty and its thinner and sleeker than anything Apple has that is portable.

When seen on its stand most people will probably think you got yourself a cheap plastic knock-off of the Apple Thunderbolt Display. The rest will chuckle about you having to pull a separate keyboard and mouse from your bag in order to do any serious work. Without it you basically have an 18-inch iPad on your hands, looking at what apps are currently available for Metro.

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.eng...a/2013/03/dsc09975-copy.jpg

Edited by .Neo, Mar 13 2013, 4:39pm :

If this thing will come with something better than Intel HD 4000 graphics I might even consider buying it even though I would rather have smaller convertible with digitizer, since I already have 23" multi-touch monitor.

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