Dell gives the XPS 12 convertible the ‘Haswell’ treatment


PC giant Dell has become one of the earlier adopters of Intel’s new ‘Haswell’ CPU technology, bundling the fourth-generation Core series chip inside its XPS 12 convertible tablet.

According to reports, the company said at the latest Computex computer trade show in Taiwan today that Intel’s new processor delivered an extra two hours of battery compared with last year’s Ivy Bridge version of the convertible ultrabook.

Dell’s last-year offering came with a 47-watt-hour (47Wh) Lithium-ion battery, delivering 6hrs07mins run time whereas the new model wiht a 50Wh battery lasted 8hrs43mins in testing.

The XPS 12 features a unique swing-cradle mechanism to spin the screen through 180-degrees to enable both standard laptop and new tablet modes.

Amongst its other features, the new XPS 12 will include 802.11ac wireless networking plus NFC (near-field communication) for personal data sharing.

The new model is expecting to become available over the next few weeks (there was nothing on the Dell website as at time of publishing) with prices starting at $US1299.


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