The Dell XPS 12 has an optional 4K screen, making it the first 2-in-1 to offer such.
Dell announced an updated version to its XPS 12 2-in-1 (laptop to tablet) device. The new version is Dell's attempt in perfecting the laptop to tablet experience, making it easier to switch between the two modes by using magnets instead of hinges. The XPS 12 relies on magnets to slide into the keyboard, ensuring that the base unit is securely locked.
When locked, the device has a 90-degree viewing angle, which is rather limited, considering that you have to adjust the screen every occasionally depending on the lighting. However, Dell compensates this limitation with an optional 4K screen, making the XPS 12 the first 2-in-1 to offer such.
Of course, you'll have to pay more to enjoy 4K on this machine. Dell partnered with Sharp to develop a gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) panel, which offers 100 percent color gamut accuracy on the 4K screen. Dell is also using its own technology to squeeze a 12-inch screen into an 11-inch frame.
Another selling point is the pair of USB Type-C ports, allowing you to charge and connect a compatible accessory at the same time. It's worth noting that the MacBook only has one USB Type-C port.
Under the hood is Intel’s Core M5 processor, clocked at 2.7GHz, and 8GB of RAM, which are powering the device. The 4K version, which costs $1,299, has 256GB of storage. The base model (1,920 x 1,080-pixel resolution) costs $999 and offers 128GB of storage.
Other features include an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and an optional stylus pen, which is sold separately. It's also worth noting that the folio has a backlit keyboard and has a precise touchpad.
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The experience gets even better with Windows 10, which is more consistent and functional than previous versions. Dell admits that the inspiration behind the XPS 12 is Microsoft's own Surface tablet. While the XPS 12 has its own flaws, it is a perfect device for those who are bored with standard laptops. I think it's a serious competitor to the Microsoft Surface.