Just last week, ASUS announced the Transformer AiO
, an all-in-one that converts to a (very large) tablet for on-the-go computing; today, Dell is following suit with the release of the Dell XPS
18, which is also a portable AIO
The XPS 18 is powered by up to an Intel Core i7 (Ivy Bridge) processor and up to Intel HD 4000-series graphics. The display is 18.4 inches (1080p full HD), and there’s a 720p HD webcam and dual-array microphone on the front for video chatting. Users can opt for up to 8GB of DDR3-1600MHz RAM, and storage options include up to a 512GB mSATA flash module and 500GB SATA hard drive.
Dell XPS 18
There’s also an 8-in-1 card reader, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, and headphone and mic jacks. Other features include a killer wireless networking card, WiDi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Waves MaxxAudio Pro. Dell throws in a Tangerine wireless mouse and keyboard combo, too.
The XPS 18 has two different stand options and purports to last 5 hours on a single battery charge. The AIO starts at $899.99, although it’s important to note that the base specifications are significantly less high-end than the maximum options mentioned above.
The concept of a smallish AIO desktop that can be toted around tablet-style is intriguing, to say the least. It completely turns the notion of a tablet PC on its head; whereas there is much debate over tablet form factors, most of that chatter centers around one’s preference for a smaller (7-inches or so) tablet versus a larger (9-10 inches or so) device. The XPS 18 and its ilk are full-fledged PCs, and they’re comparatively huge: The Transformer AiO is 18.4 x 11.57 inches, and the XPS 18 appears to measure 18.4 inches on the diagonal.
It remains to be seen whether or not this AIO/tablet design will catch on, but in any case it’s an example of how hardware makers are reimagining what a tablet PC is and how big or small it should be.