August 30, 2012
Dell Updates Laptop Line With Fresh New Models
John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
The personal computer world has really seen a slew of interesting ideas as of late. And a crossbreeding of tablets, ultrabooks and desktops from Dell have been tossed into the mix just this week.
At the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) conference today, Austin-based Dell unveiled three powerful additions to its industry-leading XPS brand of computers. Joining the award-winning XPS 13 Ultrabook, and the XPS 14 and XPS 15 laptops.
The new XPS computers enable both consumer and business customers to do more with their technology — from multimedia, entertainment and creation to full business productivity to transition seamlessly from home to office.
The smaller of the two, the XPS 10, features a 10-inch touch-enabled display powered with Windows RT that Dell claims has 20 hours of battery use, reports Sarah Silbert for Engadget.
The other is the XPS Duo 12, which features a slick 12.5-inch touch display that switches from laptop to tablet mode differently from most other hybrids coming out, according to a Slashgear report. It´s a fully functional touchscreen laptop in its default mode, but you can push the display through its frame, and it swivels all the way around, finally latching itself in place with magnets.
Processor options for the XPS 12 will go up to Core i7, and the keyboard includes backlighting. Both products will be available later this year after the official Windows 8 launch.
The mechanism is sturdier than it first appears, and Dell knows it´s got to make the thing last if anyone´s going to buy it. The screen itself is a 1080p Corning Gorilla Glass panel with really good color representation so it should be a sturdy workhorse.
Dell has designed each product in the XPS portfolio for very specific customer needs, and the new products unveiled today are designed to take advantage of emerging software and technology, with the same XPS brand attributes that customers expect from Dell.
Sam Burd, global vice president, PC product group at Dell gushes on the new products, “The XPS 10, XPS Duo 12 and XPS One 27 represent the culmination of a deep understanding of the ℠Bring Your Own Device´ movement and insights gained from both our consumer and business customers.”
“The new set of products Dell unveiled today represents a milestone in our design and approach to user experience. Our vision for our XPS line of computers is not just about the device or technology, it´s about achieving the perfect balance of amazing design, end user productivity and IT enablement.”
Over the next few weeks, you´re going to hear a lot of noise from manufacturers about how one hybrid product or another gives you all of the benefits of a laptop and a tablet, with no compromises on design, writes Kyle Wagner for Gizmodo. The Dell XPS Duo 12 is one of the few that actually seems to back that up.
This could be what Dell needs to pull itself out of a PC-sales slump after a recent report stated that sales were declining as consumers waited for Dell's new OS.