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A Little Face-time with Dell's Awesome Netvertible

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 41 comments

The belle of the IDF ball shows up for a little face-time with the paparazzi.

You've seen Dell's awesome looking Inspiron Duo, the convertible netbook that turns into a tablet with an innovative, swiveling display. Though the unveiling made quite a splash at IDF, we still don't know very much about the device. Luckily, JKKMobile managed to get a closer look at the netvertible and as a result, we have some more information about it.

We already know that the Duo packs a dual-core Atom processor and a 10-inch display. However, we now know that that 10-inch display is capacitive multitouch. We also know that it only swivels one direction, which is sort of disappointing but probably necessary so that it doesn't loosen up with use. Those of you dreaming of removing the display and ditching the keyboard have another think coming, because the display isn't removable. Unfortunately the Dell rep you see in the video wouldn't give out any information about the battery, including whether or not it was removable. He also didn't say how heavy it was and refused to let people test out the weight in their own hands.

Check out the video for a close up look at the Dell Inspiron Duo!

Dell Inspiron Duo hands on

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    r0x0r , September 18, 2010 8:20 AM
    Quote:
    Unfortunately the Dell rep you see in the video wouldn't give out any information about the battery, including whether or not it was removable.


    There's is no battery; it's powered by dreams. It's better than the iPad because iPad is only powered by magic.
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    nxym , September 18, 2010 7:38 AM
    ITS ATOM AGAIN. GODDAMMIT
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    rozz , September 18, 2010 7:41 AM
    Ah, but will it blend?
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    vant , September 18, 2010 7:17 AM
    Looks very interesting. Glad to see some innovation!
  • 16 Hide
    nxym , September 18, 2010 7:38 AM
    ITS ATOM AGAIN. GODDAMMIT
  • 10 Hide
    rozz , September 18, 2010 7:41 AM
    Ah, but will it blend?
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    r0x0r , September 18, 2010 8:20 AM
    Quote:
    Unfortunately the Dell rep you see in the video wouldn't give out any information about the battery, including whether or not it was removable.


    There's is no battery; it's powered by dreams. It's better than the iPad because iPad is only powered by magic.
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    DjEaZy , September 18, 2010 10:16 AM
    ... so? where is facetime...? how mutch i know facetime is openspurce... i wanted to see a facetime call between iPhone an Dell...
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    joytech22 , September 18, 2010 11:03 AM
    Stupid Atom.. I mean there's been alternatives like Nvidia Tegra since what, 2008? Much higher performance and "comparable" power usage makes ION or Tegra SO much better.

    But this is still a cool netbook, and if it was running a ION or Tegra chipset, i'd get one (no point other than the screen that i can see, plus i have a netbook..)
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    damianrobertjones , September 18, 2010 11:23 AM
    After owning a HP Mini 220 and Archos 9 for a few weeks, ANY Atom device will really have to have an SSD to remove the slowest part of the machine. Seriously, the Archos 9 was saved by an SSD but let down for being naff and turning off at random times.

    P.s. I hope th build quality on this Dell i s high :/ 
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    TheDane , September 18, 2010 11:36 AM
    Thick and clumsy - no thanks :-)
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    eddieroolz , September 18, 2010 11:54 AM
    Its an Atom, but other than that - my comments are the same as the other time. Innovative and potentially revolutionary if the display would detach in future revisions.
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    scione , September 18, 2010 12:20 PM
    You know what would be really cool? if it not only swiveled but slid, so that you could use the keyboard too.
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    soundping , September 18, 2010 12:24 PM
    More Dell DRM made just for you.
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    LionelHutz , September 18, 2010 12:38 PM
    Have another think coming?
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    dbowlin17 , September 18, 2010 12:44 PM
    as a fujitsu lifebook tablet user, i would appreciate a wacom pen as an additional form of using the said tablet. looks interesting though.
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    ares1214 , September 18, 2010 2:04 PM
    The next version of this better use Zacate...
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    alexcheng , September 18, 2010 2:06 PM
    wow! This looks like a pretty innovative device to me, very brilliant idea...

    Well played, Dell!
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    lotri , September 18, 2010 2:22 PM
    scioneYou know what would be really cool? if it not only swiveled but slid, so that you could use the keyboard too.

    So it'd just be like a giant cellphone?
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    freeman70 , September 18, 2010 3:03 PM
    I think it only swivels one way because of the cabling. You wouldn't want consumers spinning it round and round twisting the internal cabling. This would cause enough tension too break it. Any movable part or hinge will loosen up given enough time and use. Most decent netbook and laptop designs take this into account.
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    Anonymous , September 18, 2010 3:17 PM
    nxymITS ATOM AGAIN. GODDAMMIT

    The Atom N550 looks very promising!
    They only forgot to create an Atom processor which can disable the second core when not in use, or neither did they create turbo boost on these processors. Two technologies I should have seen on these cpu's.

    The 2012 atom processor should blow everyone's mind, as it should be on par graphically speaking with core2duo laptops,only having Atom powerconsumption levels!
    (I guess intel stated to improve the graphics processor, much like the Corei graphics, by letting the graphics chip use parts of the lcache!
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    Anonymous , September 18, 2010 3:23 PM
    Why do you need this Dell when you can just add a bluetooth keyboard to the iPad?
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    IMAC , September 18, 2010 3:32 PM
    It looks very innovative but one thing concerns me more than battery life and thats the price range. Is this netbook going to land on the ipad related pricing or maybe on the more economic netbook price range?. Hope is on the second one because i want to awake and start living.
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