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Dell XPS 12 now available to order: A 2-in-1 rival to Microsoft's Surface Pro 4

Dell's latest hybrid tablet / laptop can be ordered but you'll have to wait a bit before delivery. The XPS 12 builds on Microsoft's 2-in-1 vision by using a real hardware keyboard and glass trackpad.

First announced in October, Dell's XPS 12 hybrid computer is now available to order directly on the company's website in a pair of configurations.

The two choices are priced at $999 and $1,299, and the only differences between them are the amount of storage and resolution of the 12.5-inch display.

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The base model comes with 128 GB of storage capacity and a fullHD screen while the higher priced model doubles the storage and uses an Ultra HD display with 3840 x 2160 resolution. Both run on Intel's latest Core m5 processor, have 8 GB of RAM, Intel HD 515 graphics and a 30 WHr battery.

The Dell XPS 12 is in the running for my next 2-in-1 computer purchase because it brings many of the positive aspects of Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 but has an real hardware keyboard, not a thin keyboard cover. Dell's glass precision trackpad is used as well.

The downside is that the XPS 12 in laptop mode is limited to a single angle because it sits in the keyboard -- attached by magnets -- and can't be adjusted.

In tablet mode, you're holding a slate running Windows 10 that weighs 1.75 pounds. There isn't a kickstand like the Surface Pro 4 has either. However, Dell is offering a magnetic folio cover that doubles as a stand.

Dell originally stated that the XPS 12 would launch on November 5, so it's a bite late. And for now, the company is taking orders but not shipping devices for at least 13 days, according to the website, so there's still some waiting to deal with.

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