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Dell Reveals Crazy Big 18-inch Windows 8 Tablet/AIO

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Is it a super-huge tablet, a super-slim AIO PC, or a cool hybrid?

Ok, so maybe it's not a tablet but rather a super-thin AIO PC called the Dell XPS 18. Slated to launch here in the United States on April 16 starting at USD 899.99, it will sport an 18.4-inch capacitive touch Full HD display -- nearly twice that of Apple's iPad -- but have an overall weight of 4.85 pounds. That said, should it be characterized as a super-huge tablet or as a super-light AIO? You be the judge.

"It features much of the power you would expect from an AIO while still being surprisingly portable, so you can use it in many different rooms in the house," said Dell chief blogger Lionel Menchaca. "It works well as a streaming media device in the living room, viewing recipes or cooking videos in the kitchen, or as a homework machine in the kids' room."

While the specs aren't available online, the device will be sold with a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, with custom flip-out feet to convert the device from a tablet to a desktop. The "starting" model will reportedly include a dual-core Pentium ULV processor and a 320 GB HDD. Higher-end models are said to include a third-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, 8 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. The battery will offer around five hours of life on a single charge.

"It features an aluminum back with soft grip for traction and comfort," Menchaca said. "Overall craftsmanship and flexibility were two key focuses for our design team. You can use it in a number of ways: on an adjustable powered stand so it can be used with a wireless keyboard and mouse, on a desk or surface with flip-out feet so it can be set to a comfortable viewing angle, totally flat for collaborating or browsing, or even like a newspaper for reading."

The Dell XPS 18 will use Microsoft's touchy Windows 8, which is perfect for this tablet/AIO hybrid form factor. It will also include the Dell Wyse PocketCloud application so users can easily build and manage their own “personal cloud” for both personal use and work documents. These files can be shared to other iOS and Android devices, Menchaca added.

To get a sneak peak at Dell's upcoming XPS 18 portable AIO PC, head here.

 

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    rohitbaran , March 15, 2013 12:07 PM
    Not the iMat, but the DellMat is here!
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    NightLight , March 15, 2013 12:25 PM
    it looks sexy
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    godfather666 , March 15, 2013 12:34 PM
    not bad, but i can't see any usefulness for it (for me).
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    belardo , March 15, 2013 1:39 PM
    Yeah... I'm sure people want to carry around a 5lb tablet that has a 3~4hr useful lifespan.
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    chumly , March 15, 2013 1:57 PM
    For those heavy flow days.
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    g00fysmiley , March 15, 2013 1:57 PM
    might be cool for rpg type stuff like changing backgrounds with a grid overlay, or maybe for long trips on a plane or in a car to watch mvies on a larger screen but i am hving a hard time picturing carrying a table tthat big
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    m32 , March 15, 2013 2:08 PM
    Portable P.C., not a tablet.
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    TheN00bBuilder , March 15, 2013 2:17 PM
    Rich Man's Door Mat. :D 
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    p05esto , March 15, 2013 5:27 PM
    That actually looks really cool. I would love to play on that!
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    InvalidError , March 15, 2013 6:50 PM
    We had the desktop-replacement laptops, now we might be seeing the emergence of laptop-replacement tablets!
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    Draeg , March 15, 2013 7:56 PM
    You know what kind of sucks? If this was an Apple product, people would be saying "oh, it's just another ipad variant". But since it's not Apple, people are giving it a chance.
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    theusual , March 15, 2013 8:10 PM
    Dell's page linked at the end of the article says 1080P. It would be great if it can be used as an external display for my laptop. I guess there is always remote desktop.
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    joe nate , March 15, 2013 8:30 PM
    Watch out for lawsuits, Sony's Tap 20" AIO "tablet" hybrid has been on the market for like 2 months now.
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    merikafyeah , March 15, 2013 8:50 PM
    DraegYou know what kind of sucks? If this was an Apple product, people would be saying "oh, it's just another ipad variant". But since it's not Apple, people are giving it a chance.

    No, people are willing to give it a chance because it's huge (no more squinting) yet still portable, and runs a real full desktop OS. The second part's the most important part. Asus' just announced AiO desktop+tablet is a fail device because it's a full OS in desktop mode but switches to Android in tablet mode (which runs on separate processors). Double the hardware, double the software, double the complications.

    If Apple released an 18" iPad that runs real OSX and not gimpy iOS, people wouldn't be calling it "just another iPad variant" because it would be leagues ahead of any tablet Apple has released thus far. The reason why Apple hasn't is because they can't. Ironically, Apple wasn't "visionary" enough to make OSX touch-friendly and decided instead to go the iOS route so now they're stuck with a lame smartphone OS on their tablets. Microsoft on the other hand designed Windows 8 with touch devices in mind so now tablets, laptops, and desktops running Windows are unified by one full OS ecosystem. MS even thought ahead and made Windows RT just in case Intel doesn't completely wipe the floor with ARM sometime in the future. ARM CPUs' only benefit is their performance/watt ratio but Intel's been squeezing the nanometers ever more tightly so in a few years ARM may not even be relevant.
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    bluegold316 , March 15, 2013 11:45 PM
    It looks cool and all. But its said to last for 5 hours... now lets hope it's true.
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    gnodeb , March 16, 2013 1:37 AM
    I don't know what's wrong with journalism these years. Are you all paid to talk about certain devices in every article? I see no other reason to compare Windows AIO desktop device to an iPad. Yes, iPad is better tabblet then any AIO, but any AIO is better AIO then iPad. The fact that this AIO can be used as a tablet around the house doesn't change it's true nature or make it crazy. It's just a nice device that use full potential of Win8. And Sony already made similar device (Vaio Tab 20), so it is not even the first of it's kind.
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    techcurious , March 16, 2013 3:05 AM
    "it will sport an 18.4-inch capacitive touch Full HD display -- nearly twice that of Apple's iPad"
    I think Kevin is assuming that to be twice as big, it will need to be (20 inches) twice the horizontal size of an iPad, which is not the case. It's the area of the screen that counts. It would have been much easier to compare if this and the iPad used the same aspect ratio, but they do not. I am too damn tired (there is only so much 2 cans of Red Bull can do for you as you try to skip a night of sleep to catch up on work!) and busy to try to dig into my archived knowledge of geometry/trigonometry, which I haven't used for about a decade, to figure out the areas of each screen (or to look it up even). But I suspect that this screen will be in fact more than twice as big as the iPad. Perhaps someone else can work it out and let us know :)  .
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    techcurious , March 16, 2013 3:10 AM
    hmmm.. rereading it now, I notice he did not say "twice as big".
    So was I wrong to assume he meant twice as big? If just thinking about that makes my head spin, I should sleep...
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    f-14 , March 16, 2013 9:20 AM
    belardoYeah... I'm sure people want to carry around a 5lb tablet that has a 3~4hr useful lifespan.


    you mean like a mac laptop? that IS crazy, who would be so gullible. i mean i would much rather carry around the stacks of $1/10/100 bills a mac costs, they are way lighter.

    DraegYou know what kind of sucks? If this was an Apple product, people would be saying "oh, it's just another ipad variant". But since it's not Apple, people are giving it a chance.


    apple is too busy trying to sell a 7" screen for $750

    if this was made by apple they would charge you $1,800.

    rohitbaranNot the iMat, but the DellMat is here!


    call me when it's blanket size. i might settle for windsheild sun blocker size.
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    -Jackson , March 16, 2013 11:36 AM
    A table(t) and an AIO all in one neat package. :p 
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