Dell today announced a new cross between a tablet and a netbook, the Dell Inspiron Duo.
Rather than the traditional twist and flip screen of previous tablet notebooks, the Duo's screen sits within a fixed frame and flips vertically on hinges mounted in the sides. This makes it more robust and also allows the device to be slimmer.
The Duo is also the first 'tablet' to use the N550 dual core atom so once you've flipped to netbook mode you should have fairly powerful productivity device.
We weren't given any specs for screen resolution but it will be a 10in device and looks to have general dimensions akin to that of a conventional 10in netbook. As such its quite chunky for a tablet but given the extra features we would be willing to forgive this.
The other unknown at the moment is battery life. Given Dell has tried to keep thickness down you're unlikely to want to add an extended battery for risk of making this an even chunkier tablet but you're probably still looking at 4-6 hours battery life.
In terms of design, the frame and bezel do make the screen look a bit lost and we can take or leave the orange example we were shown. Overall though, it looks like a rather exciting device and the best bit is it will be with us before the year is out.