Dell is calling their XPS 18 All-in-One (AIO) convertible tablet-desktop the world’s thinnest and lightest AIO. With the XPS 18′s substantial 18.4-inch capacitive, full-HD 1,920 x 1,080, 10-point touch display in a form-factor 0.69-inches thick and starting at less than 5-pounds, with a claimed battery life of up to five hours, there really is not currently anything else with as large a display that can meet those criteria. After all, it is as light or lighter than many large laptops with similar display-screen sizes, and much lighter than the Sony Vaio Tap 20 tablet which weighs about 11.5-pounds. Those simple statements probably tell most prospective buyers whether or not they will have enough interest to take a closer look.
Dell sees this transportable device as something to move from one room to another, for use in the home office of course, as well as playing games, and watching movies, or displaying recipes in the kitchen, but not really for lugging around away from home. Dell vice president Kirk Schell see it this way: “The XPS 18 will change the way people define and use a PC today. Everyone who uses it is shocked and amazed at how light it is and comfortable to use in a variety of settings.”
With a full available range of third generation Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 CPUs, optional SSD drive, Windows 8 OS, aluminum back, and wireless keyboard and mouse, the Dell XPS 18 display provides nearly twice the diagonal size of the Apple iPad’s display.
Multiple versions will be available with the base model starting with an ultra-low-voltage (ULV) Pentium, 320-GB hard-drive, 4-GB of RAM, integrated Intel HD graphics, and an eight-in-one media card reader. In a higher-end version expect an Intel Core i7 CPU, an optional SSD, 8-GB of RAM, and Intel HD 4,000 graphics.
Becoming available in the middle of April prices will start at about US-$900.
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