Expected as a 2 in 1 higher-end laptop at an affordable price to overcome Apple’s Macbook, the new Dell XPS 12 is finally available on sale today. Inspired by Microsoft’s Type Cover-toting tablets, but this magnet 2 in1 laptop is definitely get out of Microsoft’s way to develop its own unique features. Of course, there are much more to say about new Dell XPS 12 rather than a clone.
Dell XPS 12 is a 2 in 1 higher-end laptop at an affordable price
Aim to bring customers the best laptop to tablet experience, the new version of Dell XPS 12 will make it easier to switch between the two modes, thanks to its magnets instead of hinges. Standout features such as 4K Infinity Display (a first for a 2-in-1) and an impressive keyboard will make Dell XPS 12 roll out as one of the best hybrids around. Just take a quick look on this latest 2 in 1 device.
Actually, this’s not the first time Dell has tried an odd 2-in-1 design. In the past, there was a weird screen-flipping project in 2013 that haven’t really released.
At very first glance, the new XPS 12 seems like a mini laptop, but it’s actually not. Share some similarities with Microsoft’s new Surface Book, the XPS 12 consists of an 11.5-inch tablet part and a firm laptop-like keyboard base manufactured of magnesium-alloy. It’s magnets that keep the tablet part slice to the base, switching the tablet into regular laptop mode. Overall, XPS 12 is considered as a tablet with impressive keyboard.
There is no doubt that Dell has paid attention to the keyboard and track pad with this 2-in-1. It‘s easy and comfortable to type on this firm keyboard. Therefore, the keyboard is considered as the best convertible device of this size.
While the XPS 12 impressed customer by its good outlook, the problem in this design is that there’s no ability to adjust the viewing angle. It’s a big drawback that means it’s constantly at a 90 degree angle once it’s locked in place. Many users reflect that locking at it was a little difficult at times.
One of the XPS 12’s standout features is its 12.5-inch display, a sharp 4K Ultra HD touch panel with a 3,840 x 2,160 pixel-resolution. To reach to 100% colour gamut accuracy, Dell co-operates with Sharp to develop Indium gallium Zinc Oxide (IGCZO) panel tech. Dell is also using its own technology to squeeze a 12-inch screen into an 11-inch frame.
You may be wondering how Dell managed to cram a display that size into an 11.5-inch tablet. The secret lies in the Infinity Display tech also used in the XPS 13 and XPS 15. That tech helps to slims down the left and right bezels to nearly nothing.
Other features consist of an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and an optional stylus pen, which is sold separately. It’s also worth noting that the folio has a backlit keyboard and has a precise touchpad.
Much like the Surface 3 and the entry-level Surface Pro 4, the XPS 12 uses Intel’s fanless Core M processor. So, although it may not be as powerful as tablets using Intel’s Core-series CPUs, it runs quiet and cool without an internal fan.
Under the hood is Intel’s Core M5 processor, clocked at 2.7GHz, and 8GB of RAM, which are powering the device. The 4K version, which costs $1,299, has 256GB of storage. The base model (1,920 x 1,080-pixel resolution) costs $999 and offers 128GB of storage.
Intel’s integrated HD Graphics 515 takes responsibility for graphics duties, meaning you’ll be able to watch 4K content on the XPS 12’s display or hooked up to an Ultra HD monitor.
In addition, XPS 12 features 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1. A pair of USB Type-C ports will be useful for someone who need to charge and connect a compatible accessory at the same time while MacBook only has one USB Type-C port.
Battery life estimates for the XPS 12 varies depending on each version: 4K or Full HD. According to the update from Dell, at a price of at least $999, consumers can have a Dell XPS 12 with a 6th-Generation Intel Core M5-6y54 processor, 1080p display, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. The storage can also increase to 256GB.