By Alexandra Burlacu | Oct 13, 2012 01:09 PM EDT
Dell has revealed the pricing details for its XPS 12 tablet/Ultrabook hybrid, and the device is now up for pre-order on the company's official online store.
Also referred to as the XPS Duo 12, the device was first unveiled at this year's IFA event back in August. It is a Windows 8 Ultrabook which can easily morph into a tablet thanks to what the company calls a flip hinge mechanism. This special hinge allows users to rotate the screen 180 degrees within its frame, close the lid so that the screen faces up, and use the computer as a tablet.
The magnets employed in this mechanism are reportedly strong enough to prevent accidental screen flipping, but not excessively strong to make it difficult for users to flip the screen.
Dell announced it will start shipping the XPS Duo 12 later this month and has already put the device up for pre-order. Pricing for the Windows 8 hybrid starts at $1,200.
The basic model with the $1,200 price tag packs an Intel core i5-3317U Ivy Bridge processor, 4GB of RAM, as well as a 128HB solid state disk. Dell is also offering more powerful models with faster Core i7 processors, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of sick space, but the price goes up as well.
All models have Intel HD 400 graphics, sport 12.5-inch displays with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and pack Windows 8 64-bit. At 3.35 pounds, the device is still bulky compared to iOS and Android tablets; however, its tablet mode implementation does not affect its laptop mode. Overall, the Dell XPS Duo 12 looks and feels similar to the company's XPS 13 Ultrabook.
Many of the XPS' other specs are also similar to the XPS 13, including the Intel Ivy Bridge processors, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 3.0 ports, as well as a Mini DisplayPort.
The device's 12.5-inch display is coated in Gorilla Glass protection for extra scratch-resistance, while the keyboard and multi-touch trackpad are also identical to the ones found in Dell's XPS lineup.
Dell also revealed the pricing details for other PCs in its line-up: the XPS One 27 and Inspiron One 23, Dell's touch-enabled all-in-one desktops, will be available with Windows 8 for $1,599.99 and $799.99, respectively. Meanwhile, a touch-enabled version of the company's current XPS 13 Ultrabook will be available for $999.99. All of these systems are available for pre-order, with shipping set to start on Oct. 26.
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