Dell plans to launch a new laptop-come-tablet called the XPS 11 later this year that will feature a hinged keyboard, letting it fold back on itself in a way similar to the Lenovo Yoga, an exec for the company has confirmed.
Talking to The Wall Street Journal at the Computex computer trade show in Taiwan, Kirk Schell, Dell's vice-president, said it was planning to release the 11.6-inch Windows 8 laptop in time for Christmas.
Schell said Dell would continue to focus on mobile devices using Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, though it is looking at other operating systems as well, the WSJ reports. Dell doesn't offer any Android-powered devices at present.
Engadget is reporting that the XPS 11 will have an Intel Core i5 Haswell processor – from Intel’s 4th-gen line-up – along with an active stylus for sketching and handwriting recognition; that’ll slot into a holder clipped to the Kensington lock port when not in use. Ports include USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, and an SD card reader.
The new XPS 11 gets its inspiration from the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga range. Announced in January, the transforming laptop, available in an 11 and 13-inch form factor, combines a tablet and laptop thanks to a rotating swivel design.