This year’s Mobile World Congress saw a flurry of ultrabooks with manufacturers queuing up to compete with the Apple MacBook Air. Now, at the IFA 2012, the trend seems to have shifted towards convertibles or hybrid devices – ultrabooks with detachable display units that can also be used as tablets.
We have already covered Samsung’s Smart PC and HP’s Envy x2. A short while back, Dell also got into the game with its XPS duo 12. Unlike others, the XPS doesn’t have a detachable display unit. Instead, you can flip the display unit over to use it in a tablet like form factor. The distinctive disadvantage of this is that even when you are using the XPS duo 12 as a tablet, you will have to put up with the additional weight of the keyboard.
The XPS duo 12 is built using Aluminum and Carbon Fiber, and sports a 12.5-inch full HD multi-touch display, which is covered from edge to edge by Gorilla glass. The XPS duo will be a premium device, and processor options will go all the way up to Ivy Bridge based Intel Core i7.
The XPS duo 12 is an interesting device, but it seems to be a notebook first and a tablet second. The large form factor and bulk might make it a bit too bulky to be used regularly as a tablet. However, it will be among the most powerful hybrid devices around. Dell will be releasing the XPS duo 12 when Windows 8 becomes available on October 26.