Dell's New XPS 12 is a Surface Clone With a Keyboard You Will Actually Want to Use

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Dell has just announced a new Windows tablet called XPS 12, which uses a series of magnets to turn into a laptop, along with a refresh of its existing XPS 13 and XPS 15 laptops.

If the idea behind the XPS 12 sounds familiar, then it certainly does seem to share some design inspiration with Microsoft’s new Surface Book, using magnets to fasten the screen to a separate keyboard base. Unlike the the Surface Book, though, there are no fancy hinge mechanisms here: Dell’s offering holds the the screen rigidly in place. That means you couldn't change the viewing angle even if you want to, which could prove irritating.

Dell's XPS 12 Tablet Becomes a Laptop Using Magnets

In terms of hardware, the device features a 12.5-inch display (with a a 4K option available), Intel’s 2.7GHz Core M5 processor and a keyboard that Verge claims is “really nice to type on and sturdy”. There are also two USB Type-C ports — one for power, the other available to plug accessories into. As for for pricing, an XPS 12 with 128GB of storage, 8GB of RAM and a standard HD display will start at $1,000 in the US; UK pricing will become available closer to launch. A higher spec option will be available, with a 4K display and 256GB of storage – starting at $1,300 in the US.

Elsewhere, Dell has given its XPS 13 and XPS 15 laptops a scrub up. Dell claims that the laptops are the smallest 13-inch and 15-inch laptops on the planet, and the displays certainly make it look like that could be the case: both feature beautiful-looking edge-to-edge displays squeezed into their aluminium and carbon fibre frames.

Dell's XPS 12 Tablet Becomes a Laptop Using Magnets

In the case of the XPS 13, the Wall Street Journal claims the device measures “about the size of a traditional 11-inch laptop”. Inside the housing is either a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel or 3,200 x 1,800 pixel display, with the larger of the two offering touchscreen capabilities. Inside the 13-incher reside an Intel Core i7 processor and up to 16GB of RAM, along with a battery claimed to last 18 hours(!) and a USB Type-C port which also works with Thunderbolt 3. The base model starts at £849.

The XPS 15, meanwhile, can come equipped with either a Full HD screen with 1,920×1,080 pixels or an impressive 4K option. Again, only the larger of the two feature a touchscreen. Inside, it can be specced with Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors and up to 16GB RAM, and it features the same USB Type-C port. The base model will cost £1,099, but can come equipped with a 1TB SSD, 16GB of RAM, and a Core i7 chip. That will cost for $2,600 in the US, and going by the price structure will likely cost around £2,600 in the Queen's money.

Dell's XPS 12 Tablet Becomes a Laptop Using Magnets

The XPS 15 and 13 are available from Dell today while the XPS 12 will be available "in the coming months", according to Dell.