Dell hybrid tablet Duo 'coming soon'

Dell's hybrid Netbook-tablet is "coming soon" according to a Dell promotional video. The Inspiron Duo converts elegantly between a Netbook and Windows tablet.

Dell's hybrid Netbook-tablet is "coming soon," according to a Dell promotional video. Will this give prospective iPad buyers pause?

The Inspiron Duo, which debuted at Intel's developer conference in September, converts in a novel way between a Windows 7 Netbook and Windows 7 tablet. To convert to a Netbook, for example, the user opens the tablet, flips the screen, which then converts it to a traditional keyboard-equipped, clamshell Netbook design.

And, for a 10-inch device, it's not underpowered, packing a dual-core Atom processor.

When the Inspiron Duo debuted, a Dell executive, on stage, couldn't resist making a comparison to the Apple iPad, saying at the time that "Tablets...aren't exactly conducive to productivity." He then flipped the screen and converted it to Netbook mode, which, for a staid Intel developer conference, got some very audible oohs and aahs.

Via Engadget

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Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

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