IDF 2010: Dell Inspiron Duo combines tablet and laptop, runs Windows 7 Home Premium

IDF 2010: Dell Inspiron Duo combines tablet and laptop, runs Windows 7 Home Premium

Summary: Dell finally seems to be breaking free -- at least a little bit -- from the beige design box it's drawn itself in over the years. After debuting the Streak, it's now showing off a hybrid tablet and laptop system that it's calling the Inspiron Duo and was unveiled today at the Intel Developer Forum.

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Dell finally seems to be breaking free -- at least a little bit -- from the beige design box it's drawn itself in over the years. After debuting the Streak, it's now showing off a hybrid tablet and laptop system that it's calling the Inspiron Duo and was unveiled today at the Intel Developer Forum.

The 10-inch screens serves as both the display for the typical notebook setup as well as a detachable tablet (via a swiveling hinge). It contains Intel's dual-core Atom N550 processor and runs Windows 7 Home Premium instead of Android. Considering Dell envisions the Inspiron Duo serving two masters -- entertainment via the tablet and productivity via the physical keyboard -- Windows makes sense, though it remains to be seen if performance will be an issue for the device.

Dell is promising the Inspiron Duo will be available later this year, though no pricing has been revealed. It's clearly gunning for one of the iPad's biggest weaknesses -- the difficulties using the Apple tablet as a productivity tool without an included physical keyboard -- by providing the best of both worlds. But will that make it a more attractive alternative than the Android tablets that are on the way?

[Via Laptop Magazine]

Topics: Laptops, Dell, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Tablets, Windows

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  • Looks great

    My partner was looking at upgrading her netbook and this looks perfect as long as the price is reasonable. She's not interested in buying an unproductive media player like the iPad, but a netbook that functions as a tablet for occasional media viewing is a great idea.<br><br>I only hope they use the 11-12 inch netbook screens when it's available.
    tonymcs@...
  • Fat, heavy, and short battery time in tablet form

    <b>Nothing</b> significant is going to happen with this announcement.
    DDERSSS
  • Now THAT is an innovative tablet computer!!

    Take note Apple fans, you are seeing the iPad v5.0, to be released in 2015!
    NonZealot
    • Nah

      @NonZealot

      Too complex for users to understand ;)
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: IDF 2010: Dell Inspiron Duo combines tablet and laptop, runs Windows 7 Home Premium

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  • RE: IDF 2010: Dell Inspiron Duo combines tablet and laptop, runs Windows 7 Home Premium

    10", no DVD drive, don't see any ports, this is a tablet/netbook - not laptop.
    boggs@...
    • DVD not so 'needed' nowadays!

      @boggs@...
      Before netbooks became a market unto themselves, a DVD was a 'necessity', but netbooks have changed a lot of the way software is distributed, forcing more online downloads (which was happening anyway), but even MS has had to provide alternatives to the DVD medium for OS et al.

      Devices manufacturers have had webserver configuration for ages and some are providing USB keys with drivers.

      And, of course the iPad has meant a total divorce from DVDs.

      I had thought when I got a Sony Vaio P Series 8", I might need an external DVD drive, but just haven't needed one after 10 months. I installed Win 7 by USB, and for anything else, I can install from a DVD player on another network computer. The only problem is making system restore disks, but I can do a system backup to NAS for base metal restorations.
      Patanjali
  • RE: IDF 2010: Dell Inspiron Duo combines tablet and laptop, runs Windows 7 Home Premium

    This is a good idea, combining two devices into one. I don't want to buy or carry two devices. Furthermore, the iPad or any other ARM tablet cannot fun MS Office, which is a need for most office workers. This allows me to run MS office at work and consume content via the tablet when I'm sitting on the couch.
    scott2010
  • RE: IDF 2010: Dell Inspiron Duo combines tablet and laptop, runs Windows 7 Home Premium

    I love my Gateway convertable that I bought several years ago, but after being used for so long, the screen is getting a little loose and wobbly. I think Dell has solved that problem. This is definitely one I'll be watching.
    stardreamer
  • RE: IDF 2010: Dell Inspiron Duo combines tablet and laptop, runs Windows 7 Home Premium

    Let's be honest most of us are John Hodgeson and not the MAC guy. We don't need a big Ipod, we need something that combines productivity with the Ipod type fun. This looks like it might do that.
    webservant2003@...
  • Its going to be slow

    I think its going to be similar to any netbook with a Atom. Its not going to snap opening windows and browsing. I just think the Atom needs a dumbed down OS like Apple did with OS X and created IOS4. That would make these PC tablets zoom. I just don't see it coming soon.
    jscott418-22447200638980614791982928182376
    • RE: IDF 2010: Dell Inspiron Duo combines tablet and laptop, runs Windows 7 Home Premium

      @jscott418

      Didn't Intel port Android to the Atom?
      hiraghm@...
      • RE: IDF 2010: Dell Inspiron Duo combines tablet and laptop, runs Windows 7 Home Premium

        @hiraghm@... IF I could get android to run Id be willing to buy the thing and strip windows off it completely.
        hreality@...
  • RE: IDF 2010: Dell Inspiron Duo combines tablet and laptop, runs Windows 7 Home Premium

    If there's no performance hit, then this is a perfect segue for people like me who are happy with the Dell Inspiron series (I'm on my third Inspiron laptop, an E1705) into tablet computing, retaining the keyboard while allowing the user to retain all the power of Windows (from what I hear, multitasking still won't happen on an iPad, it's sort of happening in Android platforms, but has been a full reality since late Vista in Windows - and Windows allows you to make your own deals for content and media, unlike Apple).<br><br>This won't kill the iPad because Apple has carefully carved out a niche of erstwhile computerphobes who think that Windows requires the user to have passed second quarter college calculus; they are eager to swap power for perceived ease of use. But it's a logical and compelling alternative to the iPad for those of us who live on our laptops.<br><br>What was that battery life, again? <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/happy.gif" alt="happy">
    loupgarous
  • RE: IDF 2010: Dell Inspiron Duo combines tablet and laptop, runs Windows 7 Home Premium

    I have Windows Home Premium installed on my laptop so maybe I will try IDF 2010 to see how it works. http://www.handyortungkostenlos.eu/Prepaid-Handy-Orten/
    Ibiossa
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