Dell released three new additions to its XPS range at this year's IFA in Berlin: the XPS One 27 all-in-one and the XPS 10 and XPS Duo 12 laptop/tablet hybrids. Dell's Sam Burd; VP, Global Product Operations at Dell demo'd the One 27's 'Quad HD' touchscreen, saying that Dell disagrees with the idea that you "don't touch a screen this good." The swiveling mechanism of the XPS Duo 12 was the real talking point, however.
All-in-ones (AIO) aren't new, especially the XPS One 27. As Burd pointed out, with the release of Windows 8, this new version invites you to touch its 27-inch Wide Quad HD Display.
Dell has aimed this device at "creative professionals." While it's banking on the XPS One 27's display to draw them in it has also included Infinity Premium speakers and Waves MaxxAudio 4 audio technology with an expanded stereo field for entertainment.
The XPS Duo 12 is one of the more fun-looking laptop/tablet hybrids. Its flip hinge touchscreen display not only looks good but cries out to be flipped from laptop to tablet over and over again.
It's designed to take advantage of the forthcoming Window 8's touchscreen functionality and features a Full HD screen providing 97 percent more pixels than a standard HD display. The XPS Duo 12 has also taken into account the beating most portable devices take and is crafted from machined aluminum and carbon fiber and Corning Gorilla Glass.
Dell cites the Bring Your Own Device to the workplace movement as its motivation for the 10-inch XPS 10 hybrid. The ARM processor-based tablet offers the full functionality of an ultraportable laptop with a keyboard and mobile keyboard dock plus the convenience of a tablet. The keyboard completely detaches from the device when a tablet is preferred. There's nothing worse than lugging heavy powerpacks around so Dell has promised up to 20-hours of battery life. It has also designed the XPS 10 to run Windows RT.
It's all about working smarter and playing harder at this year's IFA and tablets and ultraportable devices are the ticket to the arena. Exact specs for the devices will only be released with the official launch of Microsoft's Windows 8. The three devices will be available at the end of October 2012.
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