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Dell XPS 11
The XPS 11 is similar to the XPS 12 in its ability to switch between laptop and tablet modes. But while the XPS 12 uses a unique swiveling screen to switch modes, the XPS 11 relies on a conventional hinge (like the Lenovo Yoga uses) that automatically shuts off the physical keyboard when the display is laid flat for tablet use. The carbon fiber convertible notebook features a sweet 2,560x1,440 11.6-inch IPS touchscreen, includes a pen digitizer for input, and will run Windows 8.1. No word on which processor it will use or the pricing, though the XPS 11 is expected this fall. Our sister site CNET has a hands-on with the XPS 11.
Gigabyte Ultrablade Gaming Laptops
Gaming laptops don't always have to be monstrosities. Witness Gigabyte's new "Ultrablade" notebooks, which combine fragging prowess with slim form factors. The 15.6-inch P35K weighs a mere 4.2 pounds, while the 14-inch P34G tips the scales at just 3.7 pounds. They still retain plenty of pixel-pushing power, thanks to Haswell quad-core Core i7 processors options (TBD) and Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M (P35k) or 760M (P34G) discrete graphics. Incredibly, the P35K can hold up to four drives to maximize storage: two 512GB mSATA SSD drives plus a pair of 1TB traditional hard drives. The P34G can "only" handle a 256GB mSATA SSD and a 1TB hard drive. Unfortunately, no word from Gigabyte yet on how much these svelte but brawny systems will set you back, or when you can get your hands on one.
Like the Dell XPS 11, the U21M is a Windows 8 convertible device that can flip between laptop and tablet modes. Roughly 0.8 inches thick and weighing in at 3.3 pounds, the 11.6-inch U21M lacks the high-res screen of the XPS 11, settling for 1,366x768 resolution instead. But it still packs a slate of Haswell processor options, 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and dual-storage choices ranging from 128GB SSD to 1TB hard drives (with many options in between). The touchscreen can swivel up to 180 degrees and, of course, lay flat to use as a tablet. As with its Ultrablade laptops, Gigabyte has not yet provided pricing or availability info for the U21M.