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Dell to bring Studio One 19 to Japan, U.S.

The PC maker introduces a new all-in-one desktop. Its multitouch interface is a configurable option that costs extra, as opposed to a standard feature.

On the heels of Apple introducing new iMacs, Dell has a new all-in-one desktop to announce on Thursday. The Studio One 19 will actually hit Japan next week, with a U.S. launch set vaguely for "later this spring," according to the company.

The red version of Dell's new Studio One 19-inch desktop. Dell

Dell didn't get overly detailed regarding system specifications (we don't know the default configuration, for example), but here's what it mentions in the release:

  • Starts at $699
  • Multitouch interface option (price unknown)
  • Intel Celeron, Dual Core Celeron, Pentium Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, and Core 2 Quad Core Processor options
  • Choice of Nvidia GeForce 9200 or GeForce 9400 integrated graphics
  • Up to 4GB dual channel memory
  • Up to 750GB hard drive
  • Slot load optical drive
  • 7-in-1 media card reader, six USB ports
  • Optional integrated wireless networking, Web cam, Blu-ray drive
  • Optional facial recognition security (with Web cam)

Dell confirmed that the Studio One 19 has an 18.5-inch display. That's not bad for $699, though, as we found out earlier this week, the higher-end XPS One starts at just $749 for a 20-inch model.

The Studio One 19 comes in blue, as well as white, pink, charcoal, and red. Dell

We also find it interesting that the multitouch interface is a configurable option, as opposed to a standard feature. Dell can still trumpet that it now has a touch-based all-in-one to rival HP's TouchSmart series, but we imagine that a few people will feel disappointed when they find out that a touch-based Studio One 19 costs extra. According to Dell, it will also include a few multitouch programs for those who make the upgrade, including a finger-painting program, percussion software, and touch interfaces for Flickr and YouTube.

Touch or no, the Studio One 19 actually falls in line with the budget all-in-one trend we expect to grow this year. We've already seen low-cost models from Averatec and Asus, and we've seen prototypes of a few others that may come to light soon. It makes us wonder how much longer we'll see those traditional budget midtowers.