Dell convertible tablet is coming soon

Remember that nifty convertible tablet design that Dell showed off at the Intel Developer Forum a couple of months ago? It turns out the prototype might have been further along than expected. Dell has posted a video proclaiming that the Inspiron Duo is “coming soon.”

Engadget says the system is due out before the end of the year, which seems plausible if it’s being teased already. Sadly, though, the 35-second video is short on details.

One thing seems certain, at least: the Duo has a tablet-optimized user interface. It’s unclear whether the UI is running on top of Windows or another OS, but with SlashGear claiming there’s an Atom CPU under the hood, Windows seems likely. That OS makes a lot of sense for a convertible tablet, especially if Dell intends to push the Duo as a notebook replacement rather than a complementary accessory. However, the hardware required to run Win7 will surely be more of a drain on battery life than the low-power ARM platforms popping up in Android-based slates.

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    • ColdMist
    • 12 years ago

    Right at the 0:24s point

    • burntham77
    • 12 years ago

    If it runs Win7, I am all in with bells on with my horse.

    • demani
    • 12 years ago

    I dunno- I’ve always called touchscreen only devices (like the Tab or iPad) slates, versus convertible devices (basically the devices that originally ran Windows Tablet Edition) which were (as their OS noted) tablets. It always seemed to me they were two separate and distinct categories.

    But now that anything with a touchscreen-type interface (stylus driven as well) that isn’t a phone and can run additional applications seems to be called a tablet now, so the name is so broad it doesn’t mean much anymore. So iPod nano isn’t a tablet (no additional applications) but iPod touch and Archos 43 are, yet they are clearly a different class of device than the Tab, iPad or Folio. Go figure. Marketing wonks suck. Maybe they are all subcategories of tablets: handhelds, slates and convertibles.

    This has some similar categorization at the beginning:

    • Thanato
    • 12 years ago

    what are slates again?

    • demani
    • 12 years ago

    But atom? sigh. To go through all that engineering to get the case to work, then to make it run on an Atom is just so frustrating. Might as well just get a slate with an external bluetooth keyboard for when long writing needs to be done. But give it a ULV CPU and it could be much more versatile (which seems to be the big deal- that’s why it converts).

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 12 years ago

    Holy Moley! Me want.

    • Trymor
    • 12 years ago

    I’m (almost) in. $499 culv version please. Acer, are you listening? lol.

    • Sahrin
    • 12 years ago

    Yes please.

    • nate011
    • 12 years ago

    You can see that its running Windows 7 when its being flipped in the video.

    • PcItalian
    • 12 years ago

    Might actually grab one of these, seem’s pretty nifty. Depending on price dell might be able to snag a good market with this. I want a tablet, but hate the idea of typing emails out on one.

    PS 1st.

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