Dell tablet-netbook combo PC out next week
Dell will begin selling its Inspiron Duo laptop-cum-tablet next week, it has been claimed.
The gadget, which was first shown off in September at the Intel Developer Forum, is a 10in netbook with a screen that pivots within the lid's bezel so the machine can be used in the usual way or as a tablet.
Moles cited by Cnet say Dell will finally bring the gadget to market on 23 November - Doctor Who's 47th birthday, coincidentally.
When first demo'd, the Duo was said by Dell to be running Windows 7 Home Premium, suggesting it will deliver an above-par netbook spec, almost certainly using Intel's dual-core Atom N550 processor.
Alas, there's no word yet on pricing - or when Dell will bring this boy to the UK. ®
and pay the Windows tax of course.
Great idea, stick an arm processor in there for decent battery life and you would have a goer but as it stands this thing will be hot and heavy with a battery life of a few hours at best.
Watching the demo it seems very laggy and he had to tap it to get it to react when he tried to turn the globe with his finger. Windows 7 touch for you I guess. I wonder if it will be any better with Android on it. Also I'd like to see better screen technology. But I guess a 10" OLED or AMOLED would be pretty prohibitive. I wonder if that e-ink competitor (name evades me right now) would work as a touch screen.
Hang the frame on a nail or clothes hook and you can wall-mount this laptab!
The frame also functions as a handle—use your thumb to grasp the base.
You might want to buy a lid if you don't want the screen to get scratched since it will always be facing outward—otherwise a t-shirt will suffice.
I suspect there's a digital keyboard on the screen, otherwise it'd look pretty silly opening and closing the lid to type emails and blogs. If there is a digital keyboard on the screen, why bother even opening the lid to get at the keyboard?
Sure, it'll come with Win7, but you know that the 'community' will find a way to get Ubuntu and FC and Android and what-not working on it. You only need wait.