Dell XPS Duo 12: a Windows 8 Ultrabook That Can Swivel into a Tablet

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.

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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.

Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook Launched In India For Rs.82,990

Dell recently launched the new XPS 14 ultrabook in India. As the name suggests, the Dell XPS 14 sports a 14 inch HD+ True Life Infinity display. The previously launched Dell XPS 13 is highly portable and compact, while the new XPS 14 provides extended battery life and connectivity. Consumers have the option of choosing either Core i5 3317U or Core i7 3517U CPU as well as 500 GB SATA hard drive or 512 GB solid State drive. The Dell XPS 14 offers up to 10 hours of battery-life.

Mahesh Bhalla, Director and General Manager, Consumer and SB, Dell India, said:
“Following the exceptional success of our XPS 13, our customers wanted to see more of the XPS brand. The XPS 14 laptop offers powerful performance, thoughtful design and a superb user experience, along with enterprise friendly features so you can use them for work and for play.”

Dell XPS 14 Specifications:

  • 14.0 inch HD+ (900p) True Life Infinity Display
  • Edge-to-edge hardened Gorilla Glass
  • 4 GB or 8 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz memory
  • 3rd generation Intel Core i5-3317U or i7-3517U processor
  • 500 GB SATA HDD or 512 GB SSD drive options with Intel Rapid Start Technology
  • Intel HD 4000 video graphics
  • High Definition Audio + Waves MaxxAudio 4
  • Standard full size, backlit chiclet keyboard; spill-resistant
  • Glass integrated button touchpad with gesture support
  • Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 802.11 a/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0
  • 1.3 megapixel webcam with dual array digital microphones
  • 69 WHr 8-Cell Li-Polymer battery; 65W AC adaptor
  • Genuine Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional
  • Precision crafted machined aluminum with a silicone base

The Dell XPS 14 comes with the Intel Rapid Start and Smart Response technology. The Rapid Start delivers fast boot-up and hibernate response times, while the Smart Response quickly recognizes and caches the most frequently used files and applications. Trusted Platform Module (TPM) offers user and machine security with BitLocker Data Encryption for network-based client computing.

The Dell XPS 14 is currently available for purchase in India with a starting price of Rs.82,990 for the base model, while the price goes up to Rs.122,900 depending on the user’s customization. You can easily get the Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook at Dell Exclusive stores as well as other retail partners. However, you can also order it online from the Dell’s official website.

Dell Launches The XPS 13 Ultrabook In India For Rs.79,900

Earlier this year, Dell announced the powerful XPS 13 Ultrabook at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. The Dell XPS 13 features a 13 inch HD (720p) WLED display with the edge-to-edge hardened Gorilla Glass. Consumers have the option of choosing either Core i5 2467M or Core i7 2637M CPU as well as 128 GB or 256 GB SSD. It offers up to 8 hours of battery-life. Dell recently launched the much-awaited XPS 13 ultrabook for the Indian customers at an event in Mumbai. Check out the complete specs below.

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Mr. Mahesh Bhalla, Executive Director & General Manager, Consumer and SMB, Dell India said,
“The XPS 13 is a perfect mobility device packing powerful technology into a small, portable package and delivering enterprise-friendly protection and security. With XPS 13 users don’t have to make a choice between beauty and practicality. XPS 13 offers enterprise ready features for professionals enabling them power to connect, collaborate and innovate with unique features and services – like Dell ProSupport services and Trusted Platform Module (TPM)– that satisfy the needs of IT departments.”

Dell XPS 13 Specifications:

  • Ultrathin laptop (0.6-1.8 cm /6-18mm) and light starting at 1.36 kgs
  • 34 cm HD WLED, 300-nit (1366×768) 720p; edge-to-edge hardened Gorilla Glass
  • Precision crafted machined aluminum with a carbon fiber base
  • 128 GB SSD or 256 GB SSD drive options with Intel Rapid Start Technology
  • Intel Core i5 2467M and i7 2637M processor choices
  • Intel HD 3000 video graphics
  • 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333Mhz memory
  • Full size, backlit chiclet keyboard
  • Glass integrated button touchpad with multi-gesture support
  • 47WHr 6-cell battery offering up to eight hours, 53 minutes of battery life ; 45W AC adaptor
  • Dell Pro Support for business customers, Dell Configuration Services and Trusted Platform Module
  • Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 802.11 A/G/N and Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity
  • USB 3.0 (1) + USB 2.0 with PowerShare, mini DisplayPort, and headset jack
  • Built-in 1.3MP webcam with dual array digital microphones
  • High definition audio with Waves MaxxAudio 4
  • Microsoft Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium

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The Trusted Platform Module (TPM) offers user and machine security with BitLocker Data Encryption for network-based client computing. The Dell XPS 13 is currently available for purchase in India with a starting price of Rs.79,900 for the base model, while the price goes up to Rs.99,900 depending on the user’s customization. You can easily get the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook at Dell Exclusive stores as well as other retail partners. However, you can also order it online from the Dell’s official website.

Dell Re-enters the Ultrabook Arena with XPS 13

Dell was one of the first companies to jump aboard the super-thin laptop bandwagon. However, after the ultraportable Adamo failed to make a dent, Dell seemingly dropped out of the race. It stood by and watched as Apple, Sony, HP, Asus and others flooded the market with ultrabooks during the 2011 holiday season. Now, with the XPS 13, Dell is re-entering the ultraportable laptop arena.

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The XPS 13 is being touted as a 13.3 inch laptop in near 11 inch form factor. Thanks to the resilient edge to edge Gorilla glass, Dell has managed to do away with the bevel almost completely, thus saving previous space. The XPS 13 measures in at 18 mm at its thickest point, and weighs just over 1.36 kg. The ultrabook looks like the a child born out of a marriage between consumer and corporate laptops. The mix of machined aluminum and carbon fiber material used is stunning, but it’s still nowhere near as flashy as the HP Envy. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing.

The XPS 13 is quite obviously not built for gaming or heavy duty multimedia tasks, but it is no pushover either. Consumers have the option of choosing either Core i5 2467M or Core i7 2637M CPU. Dell’s ultrabook will ship with 4 GB RAM, SSD (128 GB or 256 GB), USB 3.0, and almost 9 hours of battery backup.

The XPS 13 will launch in March, and the base model is expected to cost about a thousand bucks.

Full Specification:

  • Ultrathin laptop (0.24-0.71”/6-18mm) with Microsoft Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium; precision machined aluminum with a carbon fiber composite base
  • Intel Core i5 2467M and i7 2637M processor choices
  • 13.3” HD WLED, 300-nit (1366×768) 720p; edge-to-edge hardened Gorilla Glass
  • Intel HD 3000 video graphics
  • 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333Mhz memory
  • 128 GB SSD or 256GB SSD drive options
  • Full size, backlit chiclet keyboard; glass integrated button touchpad with multi-gesture support
  • Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 802.11 A/G/N and Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity
  • High definition audio with Waves MaxxAudio 4
  • Built-in 47WHr 6-cell battery (Dell XPS 13 batteries are built into the laptop and are not replaceable by the customer) offering up to eight hours, fifty-three minutes of battery life[5]; 45W AC adaptor
  • USB 3.0 (1) + USB 2.0 with PowerShare (1), mini Display-Port, and headset jack (1)
  • Built-in 1.3MP webcam (H.264 enabled via Skype) with dual array digital microphones
  • Dell ProSupport for business customers, Dell Configuration Services and Windows Trusted Platform Module options for commercial models
  • Dimensions: Height: 0.24-0.71” (6-18mm) / Width: 12.4” (316mm) / Depth 8.1” (205mm); Weight: starting at 2.99lbs (1.36 kg)

Update: The Ultrabook is now available for pre-order.