Dell is diving into the convertible market with its newly-announced Inspiron 11 3000 Series and Inspiron 13 7000 Series of Windows notebooks than can also serve as tablets.
These 2-in-1 devices come with flip-back displays that allows them to turn from a notebook into a tablet.
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series
The smaller of the two, the new Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series, sports an 11.6-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and wide viewing angles. Dell will offer this device in two models - one with an Intel Celeron N2830 dual-core processor and the other with Pentium N3530 quad-core. Both models will pack 2GB of RAM and 500GB hard drives.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI out, a headset jack, and an SD card slot. Moreover, this device also comes with a removable 43 Whr battery.
Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Series
The larger model also comes with different configuration options, including a choice of either 1366 x 768 or 1920 x 1080 pixel resolutions for its 13.3-inch display. Other choices include either Intel Core i3 or Core i5 Haswell processors, and 4GB or 8GB of RAM. The Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Series also comes with a 43 Whr removable battery, as well as two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, an SD card slot, and a backlit keyboard. Moreover, this model will also include a passive stylus.
"Consumers seeking the best of both the PC and tablet world will achieve more with the new Inspiron 2-in-1 devices that enable users to flip from scrolling to typing in an instant. Both the 11-inch and 13-inch systems feature an innovative hinge design that rotates 360 degrees between laptop, easel, tent, and tablet configurations," Dell touts in the press release on Monday, June 2.
"A variety of scenarios, from comfortably typing a term paper on the conventional keyboard to paging through an e-book in tablet mode, are enjoyable with the 10-finger capacitive touch display. The latest Intel processors provide fast, responsive performance to power through tasks such as working on a project or web chatting with friends and family. New features on all Inspiron products include 20GB of Dropbox cloud storage for sharing, saving and collaborating, and facial recognition software to make using password-enabled web sites safer."
The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series will launch later this month, on June 19, with a $450 price tag, while the Inspiron 13 7000 Series will launch in September. The company has yet to provide pricing details for the larger model.
Both new Inspiron models support Ubuntu in addition to Windows 8.1, but it seems the Ubuntu versions may only launch in select markets, including the EMEA and APJ regions.