It seems that the market has picked up a trend for very large tablets, which can pass as conventional all-in-one units, offering both the advantages of a portable device and the high computational power of a desktop system. The newly announced Dell XPS 18 tablet is a proud member of this family, one which comes with huge 18-inch touch display and performance options that ensure a high quality experience.
Unlike most AIO systems, Dell XPS 18 makes an exception of the bulky and heavy rule, weighing only 4.86 pounds, or 2.2 kg, which is a figure comparable to most laptops on the market. The advantage brought by the wide display has not left any harsh marks on portability, the gadget being just 18 mm thick, almost double than the latest generation iPad.
Dell XPS 18 Specifications and Special Features
In a nutshell, the Dell XPS 18 slate is a shiny, aluminum-made large tablet. It comes with a classy sleek design, which hides a lot of portability options. Running Windows 8 by default, the tablet is optimized for landscape-mode use and to help users adopt that style, producers have embedded two back-stands. These handy accessories can be flipped in no-time to accommodate your stay in every coffee shop or train ride.
Specs wise, the XPS 18 has a few configuration options which users can choose from. The large display can run content in Full HD resolutions, the processor brand and power can vary from a modest Intel model up to a powerful Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 and the RAM quantity can go up to 8GB, which is more than enough to handle most tasks. Pairing these with sufficient storage and solid-state-drive solutions makes a real choice out of Dell’s newest toy:
- Size: 18.25 x 11.17 x 0.69 inches (width x height x depth), weighing just 4.86 pounds
- OS: Windows 8
- Display: 18.4-inch capacitive screen of unknown origins, with 1920×1080 max resolution
- Processor: Intel Pentium 2117U (can be upgraded to Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge)
- GPU: Intel HD Graphics (can be upgraded to HD 4000)
- Memory: 4GB DDR3 (can be upgraded to 8GB)
- Storage: 320 GB 5400 RPM HDD (can be upgraded up to 500, or with a 512GB SSD)
- Camera: front-facing with 720p capabilities
- Ports: 2 x UBS 3.0 slots, 3.5mm jack card reader, Wi-Fi with support for 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0
- Battery: up to 5 hours of use
This big unit also comes with a few tricks up its sleeve, one of them being an optional metal charging stand that can tilt up or down to accommodate standing or sitting positions. Selling for $49, this stand also dubs as a power connector, charging the tablet at the same time.
Moreover, Dell has included Logitech mouse and keyboard support right in the platform, meaning that if you opt to purchase peripheral units from the well-known maker, drivers will be served automatically and without much fuss.
When it comes to price and availability, the XPS 18 should be available pretty soon on the market and will set buyers back $899, for the base model. Every extra upgrade, such as a more powerful processor or more storage space, will add significant numbers to that mark. Unfortunately, Dell has not issued pricing details regarding the upper tier configuration.
What do you think? Is there a market strong enough for these kinds of tablets? Do you need one yourself?