Dell's Convertible Inspiron Laptop is Also Genius

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.

(Video courtesy of JKKMobile via CNet UK)

  • partytime
    You know what.. that is a pretty cool idea.. good work Dell.
  • joytech22
    Wow so many new gadgets coming out that i actually want, and this is one of those.
  • drakefyre
    That's gonna break fast.
  • KingArcher
    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.
  • cknobman
    Stupid idea and will not be durable or reliable.
  • miloo
    wonder how much for that~
    but it seems like that thing act so slow mate ~
    may be it need more juice ?
  • thorkle
    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.
  • Gin Fushicho
    That....that's pretty cool. Kinda makes me want a "tablet" now.
  • orionantares
    "A magical and revolutionary device."
  • the idea HINGES on well the HINGE so its silly to think thats the piece they are going to cheap out on.