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Dell XPS 12 2-in-1 is a 4K rival to the Surface Pro 3

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Can it topple the iPad Pro?

Microsoft isn't short of competition when it comes to high-end tablet-cum-laptops. Its Surface Pro 3 is under fire from the new iPad Pro, and now Dell is taking aim at it too, with the new XPS 12 2-in-1.

A leaked document (via Thurrot) spills the beans on the new hybrid. It reportedly has a 4K screen, packing a resolution of 3,840x2,160 pixels into its 12.2 inches. That gives it a pixel per inch count of 361ppi. Which is way more than the iPad Pro's 264ppi.

The document says it has a backlit keyboard with "precision touchpad", Thunderbolt 3 port, 10-hour battery life, an 8-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front-facer.

It also has a Dell Active Stylus, which will hopefully give the Apple Pencil a run for its money.

Windows 10 comes as standard.

It looks very similar to the Surface Pro 3, with a kickstand and detachable keyboard.

The spec sheet makes no mention of the CPU, storage and RAM. It also doesn't say whether there are any other USB ports and if you'll need an adapter via Thunderbolt 3.

Read more: Is the iPad Pro a MacBook or iPad alternative, or something totally new?

Dell isn't the first PC maker with a Surface clone – details of a Lenovo hybrid have previously leaked. Like the Dell model, it should launch next month.

Looks like Apple is entering an increasingly crowded market. It's also under threat from the bottom, if rumours of Amazon launching a $50 tablet – and refreshing its current range of slates – are true. But we're sure it can hold its own.

Dead Words

September 14, 2015, 8:39 pm

Lenovo has already announced a Surface Pro rival, and it's quite dashing. Or were you not at IFA?

🍩Darth Homer🍩 (Semi ret'd)

September 15, 2015, 10:15 am

It's not really 'competition'. Microsoft make the Surface to set the bar, to say 'look, this is what you can do'. Tons of manufacturers have been making their own versions, even the HP x2 I'm using now is like a mini-Surface.

I look at the diversity as a positive, lot's choice, lot's of price points - something for everyone. For PC/laptop functionality in tablet form, we've never had it so good and these run the full monty of Windows and software, not a telephone OS scaled up for an Android or Apple tablet.

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