Being one of the OEMs to showcase Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system when it goes official, Dell recently revealed some of its devices that will be released this month including XPS 12, XPS One 27 and Inspiron One 23. The revelation became official when the company posted a press release on its website a couple of days ago.
Dell XPS 12 is the company’s foray into the mobile hybrid market. It is expected to compete with ASUS’s Transformer Prime (an Android hybrid tablet) and Sony’s upcoming Vaio Duo 11, which also runs Windows 8. XPS 12 features a unique flip hinge HD touchscreen display that makes it a full-blown netbook. Dell XPS 12 will be marketed starting $1,199.99. Apparently, the price is within mid-range to high-end market and while the company didn’t reveal the specs, anyone can expect them to be more than satisfactory.
For people who are not into powerful mobile devices, perhaps the XPS One 27 All-in-One would suffice. This 27-inch Wide Quad HD Display comes packed with keyboard and mouse making it like an oversized PC with capability of a tablet. This is specifically built for people who often use their devices for heavy jobs such as photo editing, viewing HD movies and playing HD audio. It comes with a stand that tilts the display 60 degrees for better viewing. For this device, the price starts at $1599.99.
Another device that will soon be seen in action alongside the two mentioned above is Inspiron One 23 All-in-One. Dell assures hopefuls that it comes packed with good specs and better graphics. Just like XPS One 27, it also comes with its own keyboard and mouse plus a stand for the main unit. It will be marketed starting $779.99. Another device worth-mentioning is XPS 13 that comes with a price of $999.99.
To recap, there are four Dell devices that will make their debut this month and they are already available for pre-order:
XPS 12 convertible – starting at $1,199.99
XPS One 27 with touch – starting at $1599.99
Inspiron One 23 AIO with touch – starting at $779.99
XPS13 – starting at $999.99
Interested parties are advised to visit Dell’s official website.
Sony Vaio Duo 11, a Windows 8-powered tablet-laptop hybrid, is now starting to build up popularity as it nears its release date this month. While the Japanese manufacturer didn’t provide specific date as to when the shipment starts, it is expected to be in the last week of October as Windows 8 is slated for October 26th debut.
The company’s Viao series of ultrabooks received positive ratings when it started releasing them a couple of years ago. It is obvious Sony is using such popularity for its new devices and it is apparently working in its favor. This time, however, Sony Viao devices will never be the same; Vaio Duo 11 will offer features, design and performance that we haven’t seen before.
Unlike Asus’ Transformer devices with detachable keyboard dock, Sony Vaio Duo 11 is a full-blown tablet and laptop at the same time; its keyboard is fixed to its screen. Users can easily convert it from being a tablet to a netbook and vice versa by simply sliding in or out its keyboard.
It may neither be the lightest and thinnest tablet on the planet (it weighs 1.3kg and measures 0.7mm thick), its design is revolutionary. Sony is targeting the corporate market with it but it seems like tech enthusiasts are more attracted to it than business people. The device comes with Intel Core i3 chipset with dual-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz. Its base RAM is 4GB but it can really accommodate up to 8GB.
If there is one thing Sony is so proud about this device, it would the 11.6-inch display that features full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). While its keyboard does not have a trackpad, Sony has given it a digitizer stylus pen with changeable tips in lieu of a mouse when it’s used as a netbook. But the thing is that this device doesn’t really need any pointing device because it has a touch screen.
The official pricing of the device has yet to be revealed but it was confirmed that Sony will also release Vaio Duo 11 showcasing Windows 8 Pro with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. Furthermore, the device is most likely to debut in the US and UK than in its homeland.
A recent official update for Samsung Galaxy Note II dubbed as XXALIJ1 comes with few fixes, a new baseband and Google Chrome update. The most notable functionality that comes packed with this update, however, is the split-screen or multi-view capability that we have previously seen from the Galaxy Tab, only this time it’s better both in performance and aesthetics.
Samsung Galaxy Note II Multi-View is more than just splitting the screen it allows users to run two compatible apps simultaneously. This same feature can also be found in Galaxy Note 10.1 and either you’re using the smaller or bigger Note II, you’d be getting the same functionality. However, there are only a handful of apps that are compatible with this feature. The Galaxy Note II split-screen function supports all native Samsung apps and Google apps such as Gmail, Chrome, YouTube and Talk.
Galaxy Note II owners, albeit this feature is far more advanced, cannot enjoy it to the fullest as there are no reported compatible apps aside from the ones mentioned above. The good thing is the device is so popular with millions of users around the world, so it is just a matter of time before developers would update their apps to make them compatible.
One developer I was able to talk to regarding this matter said that the update needed to make an app compatible with this feature would include adjusting screen size and arrangement of buttons on top of few line of codes to make things run smoothly.
“Obviously, the update should contain screen size or resolution adjustment… buttons or other components on screen should be rearranged. But that’s the easy part… a few lines of codes are needed to make an app perfectly compatible. Apps designed for Gingerbread OS may need a bit more time. But overall, it is an easy job that could be done in a day or two.”
Some owners who have already updated their devices reported that Google Chrome loads way faster now and while it’s not included in the change log, Gmail app also syncs faster after the update.
While at CES 2012 in Las Vegas we got a chance to get our hands on the new Sony Xperia S as well as the new Sony Xperia Ion. The Ion is headed to AT&T’s 4G/LTE network in Q2 and packs a powerful punch in an eye-catching sexy frame.
The Sony Xperia Ion features a 1.5ghz dual core processor, 16gb of internal storage, and a 4.6″ display powered by Sony’s mobile Bravia engine and 1280×720 true HD display.
At Monday night’s Sony press conference it was revealed that after Sony closes on the proposed buyout of Ericsson, Sony’s phone division will be known as Sony Mobile Communications. The Sony Xperia Ion should be the first phone under that branding.