Dell showed off a prototype of the Dell Inspiron Duo convertible netbook a few months ago, and it admittedly looked pretty pie in the sky. But Engadget is reporting today that the device will be available for purchase in the first week of December for $549. Customers will be able to add a special speaker dock for $100 extra, and a larger HDD is also an option.
The Duo appears, at first, to be a regular netbook. The 10.1-inch screen folds down to make it a convertible tablet, but the mechanism is unlike any we've seen before. The screen rotates within the frame, then the hinge closes normally with the screen now facing out. The internals are standard for a netbook these days. You're looking at a dual-core Intel Atom N550 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, a Broadcom Crystal HD GPU, and Windows 7 Home Premium.
The computer's screen is a capacitive multitouch display, and rotating it into tablet mode will bring up the more finger-friendly Dell Stage UI. This attention to detail might actually make this a desirable product. Will your mouse be hovering over the 'buy' button come December?
Toshiba’s Portégé M700 line has been in need of a refresh for some time, and since it’s been raining mobile Core i7 CPUs lately, they decided to throw one of those in. The addition of the Core i7 620M makes the Portégé M780 a very desirable tablet machine. We don’t have all the details yet, but the specs seem solid.
In addition to the aforementioned Core i7 we will likely see 4GB of RAM, a 12.1in 1280x800 LED display, Intel HD graphics, 320GB 7200RPM hard drive, and 802.11n. The system should also have support for multitouch gestures and Wacom pen input. A cheaper Core i3 version should be available for $1279, while the speedier Core i7 model will go for $1799.
The convertible tablet form factor seems to be coming along nicely with the ThinkPad X201 already out. Is anyone in the market for one of these? Decided on which one yet?
The new Asus T101MT netbook tablet was spotted in an FCC filing back in December, but it’s now been made official. The systems comes with the familiar netbook internals including a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, a 10.1-inch LED-backlit screen (with touchscreen capabilities), and 1-2GB of RAM depending on which version of Windows 7 the customer opts for. Consumers will also have a choice between a 160GB hard drive, or a 320GB hard drive with 500GB of Asus cloud storage free for a year.
Of course, the real trick here is the rotating screen that swivels around to put the computer into tablet mode. The system is not obscenely heavy at 2.9 lbs, and will offer a reported 6.5 hours of battery life. As an extra added bonus the SD card slot will be able to read the new SDXC cards up to 32GB in size. No specifics on price or availability were announced, but we’ll keep an eye out. Does this sort of form factor interest you at all?