Dell announces Windows 8 and Windows RT ‘laplet’ hybrids

News Paul Briden 11:48, 31 Aug 2012

Dell has showcased its XPS 10 Windows RT and XPS Duo 12 Windows 8 hybrids

Dell has officially unboxed its range of hybrid tablet/laptop devices based on Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform.

First up is the XPS 10 which uses ARM processor hardware and Windows RT, the build of Windows 8 designed specifically for ARM architecture and based on mobile applications.

It features an HD resolution and a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, MicroUSB and MicroSD support and, of course, a removable keyboard dock.

We don’t have any other info about the XPS 10 at present but a press release from Qualcomm indicated it’ll hit the market shortly, so expect further details soon.

Alongside the XPS 10, Dell showcased its XPS Duo 12, an Intel powered transforming slate which flips the screen round on a specially designed hinge and conceals the keyboard under the tablet’s back panel.

This laplet runs the full-fat version of Windows 8 with both the Modern UI seen in Windows RT and a classic mode for laptop-style use.

It has a 12-inch HD 1920x1080 display reinforced with Corning Gorilla Glass. The rest of the build should also be quite durable thanks to the use of premium materials such as aluminium and carbon fibre

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