Computex 2013 | Dell announces the XPS 11 convertible
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Dell has already shown us some innovative designs in the past year. Their XPS 12 in particular was one of the more successful and well thought out convertibles we've seen.
With the XPS 11, the American company are turning in a new direction and are re-inventing the folding convertible design used in Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 11 and 13. The Yoga design starts with a standard laptop layout but adds the option of folding the screen back 360 degrees so that the back of the screen lays against what was the bottom of the laptop. While convenient, many users find the feeling of the keyboard, which is exposed under the 'tablet', disconcerting.
Dell is trying to improve on this design by replacing the standard laptop keyboard with a membrane version similar to the touch covers offered for the Microsoft Surface line. The smooth feel makes for a more normal handhold and alleviates the worry of damaging keys.
Few details of the new convertible's internals have been released so far, but we do know the XPS 11 will feature an impressive 2560 x 1440 display that will include an active digitizer for stylus input.
Estimated prices and release dates have not yet been announced.