TIN BOX FLOGGER Dell has introduced a flipping tablet device that switches from a touchy feely handheld tablet into a tippy typey notebook.
The confusingly named Inspiron Duo actually has three modes according to the firm, but it draws the line at explaining where the third role comes in.
Instead it tells us that the convertible tablet has a flip hinge design that lets you twist it between the two shapes, a touchscreen tablet and a notebook, and adds mysteriously that the "tri-mode functionality" is perfect for people that like productivity as well as fun.
"Dell is changing the shape of computing, with products that usher in new experiences and allow people to stay connected to each other and the content they love from almost anywhere," said Sam Burd, VP of the Dell consumer, small and medium business product group.
Presumably not briefed beforehand on the introduction of the tri-mode element into the marketing spin, Burd added, "The new Inspiron duo's dual purpose delivers one-touch access to great content and yet offers the functionality of a full keyboard for more intensive applications. We're excited to offer such an innovative and unique design to our customers."
The Inspiron Duo has an Intel Atom dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 10-inch HD touchscreen display, a 1.3MP webcam, two USB 2.0 ports, 250GB 5400 RPM and 320GB 7200 RPM hard drive options and comes with Windows 7 Home Premium.
Of course, this is the year 2010 so you get a choice of fancy named colours, in this case Foggy Night, which comes as standard, Fastback Red and Marlin Blue.
The Dell notebook that's also a tablet will go on sale on 2 December. µ