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Dell gets its swivel on, adds three devices to XPS range

Dell gets its swivel on, adds ...
Dell's Sam Burd (VP, Global Product Operations at Dell) demo'ing the XPS Duo 12
Dell's Sam Burd (VP, Global Product Operations at Dell) demo'ing the XPS Duo 12
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The announcement of Dell's XPS Duo 12
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The announcement of Dell's XPS Duo 12
The XPS 10, safely in its box
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The XPS 10, safely in its box
Out of reach: Dell's new XPS Duo 12
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Out of reach: Dell's new XPS Duo 12
Dell's Sam Burd unveiling the new additions to the XPS range
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Dell's Sam Burd unveiling the new additions to the XPS range
The improved XPS One 27 that encourages you to touch that 27-inch Wide Quad HD Display
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The improved XPS One 27 that encourages you to touch that 27-inch Wide Quad HD Display
Dell's Aongus Hegarty shows off the XPS 10
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Dell's Aongus Hegarty shows off the XPS 10
XPS Duo 12 up close
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XPS Duo 12 up close
XPS Duo 12 up close
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XPS Duo 12 up close
Dell unveils the XPS Duo 12
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Dell unveils the XPS Duo 12
Dell's Sam Burd demos the multi-touch functionality of the XPS One 27
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Dell's Sam Burd demos the multi-touch functionality of the XPS One 27
The XPS One 27 up close
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The XPS One 27 up close
Up close to the XPS 10
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Up close to the XPS 10
Dell's Sam Burd introduces the XPS Duo 12
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Dell's Sam Burd introduces the XPS Duo 12
The media throngs around the XPS Duo 12 display model
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The media throngs around the XPS Duo 12 display model
The XPS One 27 unveiled
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The XPS One 27 unveiled
Dell's Aongus Hegarty shows off the XPS 10
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Dell's Aongus Hegarty shows off the XPS 10
Dell's Sam Burd demos the XPS Duo 12
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Dell's Sam Burd demos the XPS Duo 12
Dell's Sam Burd demos the XPS Duo 12
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Dell's Sam Burd demos the XPS Duo 12
Dell prepares to unveil three new XPS machines
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Dell prepares to unveil three new XPS machines
Dell's XPS 10 in its display case
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Dell's XPS 10 in its display case
Dell adds three machines to its XPS range
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Dell adds three machines to its XPS range
Dell's Sam Burd (VP, Global Product Operations at Dell) demo'ing the XPS Duo 12
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Dell's Sam Burd (VP, Global Product Operations at Dell) demo'ing the XPS Duo 12
XPS One 27
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XPS One 27
XPS Duo 12
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XPS Duo 12
Dell adds three machines to its XPS range
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Dell adds three machines to its XPS range
Dell adds three machines to its XPS range
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Dell adds three machines to its XPS range
Dell adds three machines to its XPS range
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Dell adds three machines to its XPS range

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.

XPS One 27 All-In-One

The improved XPS One 27 that encourages you to touch that 27-inch Wide Quad HD Display
The improved XPS One 27 that encourages you to touch that 27-inch Wide Quad HD Display

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.

XPS Duo 12 Ultrabook

XPS Duo 12 up close
XPS Duo 12 up close

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.

XPS 10

Dell's XPS 10 in its display case
Dell's XPS 10 in its display case

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.

2 comments
Tony Loro
Who here remembers the Clio?
Jeff Kunkler
Tony, I had a Clio and loved it, the hinge was really solid and the curved keyboard allowed me to type effectively. I used it quite a bit, but the version of windows CE kinda sucked. it would be a killer android device now...