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Dell Develops New Convertible Tablet Notebook Design Concept

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  1. btarunr

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    At the ongoing Intel Developer Forum event, Dell showed off its latest convertible tablet notebook concept, which breaks away from the conventional "screen-swivel" design which tends to make the device thicker due to the big rotary joint. Dell's design is as slim as any normal notebook, with a typical lid hinge, except that the screen is held by two joints on either sides, allowing it to flip, thus converting it between a multi-touch tablet and a notebook. The only downside we so far is that the web-camera is fixed on the bezel facing the notebook side. Dell may capitalize heavily on this concept building a number of models with different sizes and specifications.

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    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    I like. They might have something interesting here. I hope they cram in some Bobcats in there when they're released. :)
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    i like it.

    its the perfect mid ground between say, an ipad and a netbook.


    i'm expecting to see them with built in GPS, sim card slots (for 3G use) and so on.
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    If the design works well and is priced around 500ish i would prob buy one it would be super usefull for a tech especially if i could get an e-sata port and an Nic and dare i say HDMI out on it.

    Things ipad does = works with itunes, battery life
    Things these "will hopefully" do = everything else, better
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    Me too. This is a great idea.

    All good, except it seems to me that has potential to be full fledged netbook with a gimmick... and very useful one at that.
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    my laptop does this, Although its a good deal bigger and its not multi-touch. Hp Pavallion tx2500
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    I hope it's got a sturdy design, because to me this looks like it's asking to be broken.

    I'd of gone with a double hinge system on the outer edge of the screen so it could be folded back in on its self for a tablet. ( taking the place of the bezel)
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    totally agree that it looks fragile the rma's would be through the roof. Interesting concept but haven't we already had laptops with reversible screens? Instead of a hinge within the top frame the whole top turned around and folded back.

    edit: http://www.itechnews.net/2007/01/30/the-hp-tx1000-convertible-laptop-reviewed/

    I swear ever since the ipad everyone is acting like tablets are brand new lmao.
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    The ipad is just a massive ipod touch, they act like its a whole new idea.
    The benefits are its just a lappy/netbook whatever and a touch screen on a swivel. Instantly i would rather get this than a ipad, the only benefit to the ipad is the support and the app store.

    I agree they could have done better with the design it looks kinda flimsy and i dont see why the screen has to be in its own frame why cant they just design it to swivel on its own?
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    the frame idea is the whole point, as the swivel on a regular screen tends to break.

    the frame itself can be made durable and with a lock to prevent unwanted turning - you just lock it in either 'book' or laptop modes.
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    Now they only need to announce that fusion is on this and my next purchase will be set... :D
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    I must say this is a great idea.
    I do like the Lenovo IdeaPad U1, however I think this takes the cake as a hybrid.
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    this definitely would attract many of noobs/average folk ........
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    two knobs short of a etch-a-sketch
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    Looks a lot like the ASUS Epad
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    How come? This is a netbook with a monitor that can be flipped. The epad is nothing like that.

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