Remember the Inspiron Duo that Dell launched in 2010? It was a very neat concept in a quality chassis, but it was let down by underpowered Atom internals and an abysmal lack of connectivity. Now Dell is taking another shot at this flip-lid convertible tablet market with the XPS 12. As the XPS part of the name suggests, this is a premium machine. Just like the gorgeous Dell XPS 13, it features a aluminium and carbon-fiber chassis and its screen is protected by strong Gorilla glass. It only weighs 1.4kg and is a mere 20mm at its thickest point, so it should be just about as portable as your average Ultrabook.
The leaked slide is a little light on specs, but it does reveal one of more interesting titbits about the tabtop: its 12.5in touchscreen has a 1920 x 1080 (Full HD/1080p) resolution. We can only hope Dell will be opting for an IPS panel as is found on most good tablets like the New iPad and the latest premium ultrabooks such as the Asus Zenbook Prime.
From the XPS name and that glorious screen res, it’s a pretty safe bet that the Dell XPS 12 will feature an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i processor, probably backed by the usual 4GB of RAM and an SSD for storage. If true, we might have a great rival to the Lenovo Yoga, which offers a slightly different flip take on the convertible tablet.
It would be very interesting if there were also a cheaper ARM-based (running Windows 8 RT) version in the works, providing much-needed competition to the likes of the Asus Pad 300. If you had the choice, which one would you prefer?