As Windows 8’s launch approaches in under 60 days, Dell, HP, and Sony have showed off Windows RT devices for the operating system. We’re seeing a mixture of tablets and hybrids devices.
XPS 12 Duo Convertible Tablet And XPS 10 Demo
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Dell reaffirms its commitment to Windows RT by developing tablets for the feature-limited version of Windows 8
If you’ve been following the development of Windows 8 this year, you’ll have noticed HP said it isn’t developing Windows RT tablets/ultrabooks. Dell, however, it firmly committed to the tablet-focused version of the operating system.
Picture: XPS 10 Windows RT (left) and XPS Duo 12 (right) Windows 8 hybrids
Dell showed off a 10-inch tablet tablet running Windows RT at the IFA this week. Considering Microsoft is making a big push with tablets, a limited version of Windows 8 may simplify the experience. Equally, users looking for the full experience while out may be dissatisfied. Dell said full specs will arrive with the launch of Windows 8 October 26.
Dell XPS 10 – Tablet With Long Battery Life!
Dell did confirm the device is the Dell XPS 10; its just a tablet and therefore features a 10-inch touchscreen, and Dell said the device will have long battery life and a separate keyboard. The company also showed off the Dell XPS Duo 10, an ultrabook with a touchscreen on a hinge to resemble the appearance of tablets. The hybrid devices in Windows 8 seems to be a popular choice.
PC Product Group Vice President of Dell Sam Burd said that the vision for its XPS line of products is to create devices with amazing design and end-user productivity. Thus far designs from original equipment manufacturers haven’t been the inspiring designs Microsoft wanted, like Lenovo’s ThinkPad tablet.
There seems to be skepticism towards the two-in-one devices. Personally speaking, I think the form factor can work well with Windows 8. Modern UI can be used when in tablet form, and the desktop side when using a keyboard and mouse. Granted the two sides should work on either device, though the nature of the desktop side means precise input through a mouse and keyboard is needed.
The form factor doesn’t work with an iPad; the device, and iOS, is not built for a mouse and keyboard because it’s a very simplistic operating system. The buttons are large, and the home screen is a grid layout of apps. That’s different to moving files around with a finger on the desktop side of Windows 8.
Windows 8 launches October 26.