Dell announces the Inspiron DuoMix the world of laptops and tablets, add in some automotive styling and you have the world’s first convertible laptop – the Dell Inspiron Duo. At first glance the Inspiron Duo looks to be just another tablet, but with one flip of the screen and this “new convertible” is ready to redefine the market.

Dell is not the first manufacturer to dabble in the world of tablets and it certainly won’t be the last. The Inspiron Duo however, drops the traditional folding mechanism seen on existing tablets and instead uses a 180 degree rotating screen. Simply open the Duo like a laptop when you need the keyboard or spin the screen 180 degrees and close the lid to enjoy a 10-inch touchscreen HD display.

Powering the Inspiron Duo is the powerful Intel dual-core Atom Processor N550 and Windows 7 Home Premium. 2GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, Bluetooth 3.0, 4 cell battery, 1.3-megapixel webcam with microphone and JBL dock complete the package. With the promise of providing smooth HD playback, further examination reveals that the Duo uses the Intel NM10 Express chipset for Intel NM10 integrated graphics.

Dell Inspiron Duo

Wireless support is of prime importance for the Inspiron Duo. Complete WiFi b/g/n coverage is in tote and there is even a SIM card slot able to transform this next-gen tablet into a mobile powerhouse. Weighing in at just 3.39lbs (1.54Kg), the Duo looks to have its sights set on challenging Apple’s latest creation, the 2010 MacBook Air.

Dell is keen to point out that by running Windows 7 Home Premium their tablet supports Flash and the dual-core processor makes multi-tasking a breeze. The HD display combined with a HD accelerator promise to provide smooth HD playback and judging by the Atom Processor N550 we’d have to agree.

Available Now | Dell | $549.99 (£348.49)

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