On Monday Dell revealed its newest addition the XPS line, with the Dell XPS 11 at Computex in Taipei. The new notebook appears to be Dell’s answer to both Lenovo’s and Microsoft’s brand of hybrid notebooks. The hybrid device will look to offer a unique experience incorporating iconic features from both Lenovo’s Yoga Line and Microsoft’s Surface Pro.
The most notable addition to the XPS line will be the inclusion of a rotating display hinge. The hinge will allow the 11.6″ display to rotate almost a full 360 degrees turning the laptop into a fully functioning tablet, similar to Lenovo’s Yoga line. The notebook touts an impressive 2560 x 1440 resolution, which should make the 11-inch device a pleasure to use in both tablet and traditional notebook modes.
While the display will be able to easily rotate users will not be able to detach the display from the chassis. Instead Dell engineered a sub-15mm thickness to ensure that the device will be easy to use, even with the keyboard attached. To help achieve this Dell used a shallow embedded keyboard with limited key compression. Similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro, the XPS 11 makes up for its limited key travel with extreme sensitivity easily reading even the slightest input. The keyboard will also be designed to become insensitive to input once the display hinge rotates past 180 degrees, to insure keystrokes aren’t registered in tablet form.
The new XPS 11 will also be expected offer strong connectivity with USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, and an SD card reader; along with an active stylus. However, information regarding the actual specs of the device remains uncertain, as Dell has yet to confirm the definitive components of this new hybrid notebook. More information regarding the Dell XPS 11 is expected as we near the targeted launch window this holiday season.