updated 06:15 am EST, Tue November 16, 2010
Hybrid netbook-tablet set to drop November 23
Dell is expected to launch its 10-inch Inspiron Duo on November 23 according to a CNET report. The netbook tablet cross aims to give users the best of both worlds when it comes to combing work and entertainment on the go. It features a clever swivel hinge that allows the display to be flipped converting the Duo from netbook to tablet and back again.
It is said to pack Intel's latest 1.5GHz dual-core Atom, which should help it deliver a better user experience when running Windows 7. However, a factor that may influence its success could be its weight. Many netbooks weigh in at around 2.8 pounds, while the new tablet form-factor Apple iPad weighs 1.5 pounds and has a screen nearly as large as most netbooks.
While pricing details have yet to emerge, the specifications would suggest a sub-$500 price-point, although it remains to be seen what sort of premium Dell will charge for its innovative dual-purpose functionality.