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Dell's Convertible Inspiron Laptop is Also Genius

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We're used to seeing convertible notebooks that turn into tablets, but this latest creation from Dell is like nothing we've seen before.

This is the Inspiron Duo. It's a 10-inch netbook that turns into a 10-inch tablet. However, the way the display swivels around is pretty different to what we're used to because it actually rotates inside the frame of the display's bezel.

Dell showed off the unique netbook at IDF yesterday, the slim Duo is powered by a dual core Intel Atom processor and runs Windows 7 Premium. The company revealed the netbook by introducing it as a Windows 7 tablet and gave a fairly run-of-the-mill media tablet demo by showing off music, photos and movies. However, they then shocked the audience by splitting it open to reveal that it was actually a laptop.

Dell says it's aiming to create a device that provides all the entertainment and functionality of a tablet, but doesn’t impede productivity because of the lack of a hardware keyboard.

Check out the video below (skip to 3:25 for the big reveal and lots of 'oohing' and 'aahing' from attendees) and let us know what you think! We'll keep you posted on pricing and release dates, but Dell is saying we'll see this before the end of the year.

Dell Inspiron Duo (Sparta) Atom N550 convertible tablet at IDF 2010

(Video courtesy of JKKMobile via CNet UK)

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    partytime , September 15, 2010 8:55 PM
    You know what.. that is a pretty cool idea.. good work Dell.
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    drakefyre , September 15, 2010 9:01 PM
    That's gonna break fast.
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    orionantares , September 15, 2010 10:27 PM
    "A magical and revolutionary device."
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  • 29 Hide
    partytime , September 15, 2010 8:55 PM
    You know what.. that is a pretty cool idea.. good work Dell.
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    joytech22 , September 15, 2010 8:59 PM
    Wow so many new gadgets coming out that i actually want, and this is one of those.
  • 20 Hide
    drakefyre , September 15, 2010 9:01 PM
    That's gonna break fast.
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    KingArcher , September 15, 2010 9:12 PM
    That was cool. But it looks like its got a limited viewing angle.
    I guess since its a tablet/laptop combo, you'll be looking at it head-on and won't be a problem.
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    miloo , September 15, 2010 9:28 PM
    wonder how much for that~
    but it seems like that thing act so slow mate ~
    may be it need more juice ?
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    thorkle , September 15, 2010 9:36 PM
    drakefyreThat's gonna break fast.

    I'd say it a lot sturdier than what is out there already. All the others rely on one hinge in the center, whereas this one at least has to hinges to spread any impact that may happen. This is the first Dell product that I think might be worth the Dell premium.
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    Gin Fushicho , September 15, 2010 10:22 PM
    That....that's pretty cool. Kinda makes me want a "tablet" now.
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    orionantares , September 15, 2010 10:27 PM
    "A magical and revolutionary device."
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2010 10:31 PM
    the idea HINGES on well the HINGE so its silly to think thats the piece they are going to cheap out on.
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    nforce4max , September 15, 2010 10:54 PM
    Finally something worth buying :o 


    I want one! :) 
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    dtm4trix , September 15, 2010 10:55 PM
    I like the idea, I think its a pretty thick device at the moment, but given a couple years of development I would like to see it be as thin as the current iPad, then I could definitely consider buying one of these.
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    cookoy , September 15, 2010 11:03 PM
    novel approach, though it does look fragile.
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    mahonj , September 15, 2010 11:15 PM
    I wonder who owns the patent for that swivel action ?

    It looks like a really good idea, but could use some development and a range of machines - there is no need to fix on a 10" screen and an Atom, you could go to at least 14" and core 3 or 5 as part of a range.

    The swivel screen is such a good idea - now why didn't I think of that ??

    It is nice to see Dell innovating; value is fine, but it needs a little fizz, and this is it.
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    mindspring , September 15, 2010 11:26 PM
    but.. does it play Crysis?
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    subasteve5800 , September 15, 2010 11:32 PM
    It's certainly a nice idea. I gotta wonder if the Atom is a little too slow for Win 7 with touch enabled. There is nothing more frustrating than an unresponsive touchscreen. Who knows though... maybe the dual core will surprise me. IMO if I was in the market for a convertible tablet I would still go with HP's TM2. With the upgrades to an i5-430um and the ATI (or I guess AMD now)mobility 5450 you could even get some gaming in on it. Not Crysis certainly but SC2 would be possible (although I'd recommend a mouse, the synaptics touch-pad sucks). Just my thoughts.
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    mr_tuel , September 15, 2010 11:35 PM
    I wonder if that hinge will be better than HP's. Those tend to break after just a couple hundred twists.
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    Drag0nR1der , September 15, 2010 11:38 PM
    Umm, looks real laggy there
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    moeswow , September 15, 2010 11:55 PM
    how was it laggy... last time i checked even on my i7 it took a vid a sec or so to startup. And its also a netbook with Win 7 prem so im impressed
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    derstarke , September 16, 2010 12:59 AM
    It's laggy because when he went to do stuff, it lagged. All that you're saying is that your i7 and Windows 7 is also laggy. I for one would like to NOT have any lag.

    Regardless, did you see what happened when he was scrolling through the music application? It was super slow and not responsive.
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