Dell's hybrid Netbook-tablet is "coming soon," according to a Dell promotional video. Will this give prospective iPad buyers pause?
The Inspiron Duo, which debuted at Intel's developer conference in September, converts in a novel way between a Windows 7 Netbook and Windows 7 tablet. To convert to a Netbook, for example, the user opens the tablet, flips the screen, which then converts it to a traditional keyboard-equipped, clamshell Netbook design.
And, for a 10-inch device, it's not underpowered, packing a dual-core Atom processor.
When the Inspiron Duo debuted, a Dell executive, on stage, couldn't resist making a comparison to the Apple iPad, saying at the time that "Tablets...aren't exactly conducive to productivity." He then flipped the screen and converted it to Netbook mode, which, for a staid Intel developer conference, got some very audible oohs and aahs.