Dell has certainly remembered that Windows 8 is going to be released at the end of this month, which is why it makes perfect sense to be prepared to receive the operating system. What better way to do so than to come up with a piece of hardware that will support Windows 8? This is where the interesting looking Dell XPS 12 hybrid tablet notebook comes in, where it is essentially two devices in a single form factor. You can opt to use it as a fully-featured, full-powered notebook when the situation calls for it, and should you need a tablet to get the job done, then the Dell XPS 12 can easily be transformed to suit the occasion, turning into a fully-featured touch-powered tablet. The hinge for the display does seem to look rather fragile – we sure hope it has been put through its paces beforehand!

Obviously, while in tablet format, you will not find some special nanotechnology at work that automatically trims down the size of the Dell XPS 12 to make it super thin, so this will be nowhere near the thinnest tablet claim. On the other hand, when it is in tablet mode, the display will ensure that the keyboard is completely covered to protect it from dirt and spills. You can pick up the Dell XPS 12 from $1,199.99 onwards. [Press Release]

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