PETALING JAYA - The onslaught of new devices running on Windows 8 continues with Dell's XPS 12, an unusual convertible notebook.
While the idea of a laptop that converts into a tablet isn't in itself new, Dell's XPS 12 does its conversion in a most unusual way.
Instead of rotating at the hinge next to the keyboard, the 12.5in 1080p Gorilla-glass LCD screen of the XPS 12 rotates within a metal frame and flips downwards to cover the keyboard.
With the screen flipped down, the XPS 12 effectively turns into a Windows 8 tablet PC with a capacitive touch-sensitive screen.
In terms of hardware, this is a full-on notebook PC, with a a choice of either a 3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3317U processor or a Core i7-3517U processor; Intel HD 4000 graphics card; 1.3-megapixel webcam with dual digital-array microphones; two USB 3.0 ports; one mini DisplayPort; Bluetooth 4.0; and 802.11 a/g/n WiFi.
Apart from CPUs, the i5 and i7 versions of the XPS 12 also differ in the amount of RAM and SSD storage - the i5 version comes with 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD, while the i7 version has 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD.
Prices for the XPS 12 starts from RM3,899 (S$1,559) for the Core i5 version.