While the debate goes on as to whether tablet PCs can be considered a replacement for notebooks – more so amidst reports of the former eating into the latter’s market share – there are some who’d like to push for a stalemate. Take for instance the Dell Inspiron duo convertible tablet that can be both a tablet as well as a notebook at the same time. We had reported the existence of such a device the first time it was announced back in September and, it must be said, the hybrid device had attracted a lot of attention and turned around a lot of heads since then.
However, here is the news that many have been keenly looking forward to since then – the Duo tablet will finally get to bask in broad daylight come next week. As for the price, it’s a cool $549 which isn’t exactly bad for a device that has 10 inch of touchscreen display and can also be a netbook if the situation so demands. Pre-orders are currently being accepted at the Microsoft Store while Dell itself will join the party from next week.
While details are scant at best regarding the Duo tablet’s under the hood credentials, we do know for sure the existence of an Intel dual-core Atom N550 processor coupled to 2GB of RAM. Internal storage is quite generous and netbook esque 320GB while the 10 inch display has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The default operating system is Windows 7.
Lastly, the Duo tablet’s highlight or maybe even USP is the unique manner in which the screen flips around as it changes itself from a tablet device with the keypad hidden beneath it to a netbook complete with the attached keypad. The most interesting part is the manner in which the screen swivels around with a nice magnetic action pulling the screen into place.
Actual shipments of the Duo Tablet are expected around December.