Dell's beastly new tablet aims to kill the Surface Pro 4 with a 4K display

Dell's beastly new tablet aims to kill the Surface Pro 4 with a 4K display
Dell's legacy may be synonymous with traditional computing, but with tablets of particular significance nowadays, it's been dragged into the mix alongside the mobile industry front-runners. Its latest effort -- a tablet that goes by the name XPS 12 (9250) -- throws down the gauntlet to the likes of Microsoft's Surface, featuring, among other treats, a 4K ultra-HD display. 

The transition to higher-resolution mobile devices remains a work in progress, with 1080p still seen as the de facto standard for a large portion of mobile products. Indeed, while the XPS 12 does have a 4K, Sharp IGZO panel for crystal clarity, Dell is also offering an alternative edition packing a 1920 x 1080 resolution, per info shared by German blog WinFuture. 

Compatible with the Dell Active pen, the device includes an Intel Core M Skylake processor, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and for those seeking more flexible connectivity, an option for 4G LTE. There are two Thunderbolt 3-ready USB Type-C connectors, while storage is provided by means of an M.2 SATA SSD at one of a handful of capacities. There's also an SD card reader for easy expansion and file-swapping, while the cameras consist of 8- and 5-megapixel efforts on the back and front respectively.

Build-wise, the slate is comprised of magnesium alloy housing, which should resonate with fans of robust construction and premium finishes. It weighs 790g, and looking at the pictures and specs, the XPS 12 seems a tempting prospect indeed. 

Those looking for a notebook as well as a tablet will be able to opt for one of the optional keyboards, of which there are two. There's a slick, 1.3 mm-thin keyboard that should cater to the general user seeking the versatility of a hybrid solution. There's also a higher-performing edition that features a full set of backlit keys, a glass trackpad, and a few extra ports including a USB Type-C, two USB 3.0 and an HDMI out.

Set for announcement later this month, it'll likely be beaten to the draw by Microsoft and its Surface Pro 4, which should be unveiled at Redmond's confirmed event next week. With Apple having also thrown its hat into the ring with the iPad Pro, those seeking performance tabs will have plenty of decisions to make. Though Microsoft and Apple tend to dominate coverage, the XPS 12 shows that Dell still has plenty to say for itself, and without wishing to tempt fate, this device could cause a bit of a stir. 

Pricing and availability is not yet in the public domain, but hopefully, such info will come to light before it's officially unveiled by Dell. Until then, you can take a better look at the tablet below:

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41 Comments

1. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

It will certainly kill ipad pro and surface, not surface pro.

2. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Depends on the price

20. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

I was just gonna say the same thing

5. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Idk About That, The Surface Is Just Awesome And The iPad Pro With A9X Will Put A Good Fight. There's Also That New Google Pixel C Its Sure To Be A Great Tablet Being Powered By The Nvidia X1.

31. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

What what's the point of their soc while they can't even use it what heavy task or games you can do on IOS and Android wtf!?

39. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

The Google Pixel C might be a fun device, but any sane professional will ignore it. It lacks productivity.

11. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

Depends on the battery life! All these tablets can do the same thing I just want one that last 20+ hours of video playback. Dell XPS can do 15 hours so I hope this tablet can do 20+ hours

32. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Nope none Windows pro ones can do s**t their just a big phone.

16. greenrolaids

Posts: 56; Member since: Feb 04, 2012

Dell su@ks big time.. I got their flagship tablet in january. They promised that it would come with loly out of the box.. it did not, they promised again that it would come out in jan, then feb, then march and then april.. finally it comes out on the end of may. Stay away from dell, they dont have enough people in their tablet units to properly keep their tablets up to date.

19. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

For some reason, that seems to be a common problem with Android OEMs but this is a Windows device. There should be no such issue as the updates are pushed by MS.

40. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

An impressive device. I'm loving it.

3. jcast927

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I'm not a Dell fan, but if this were to be true then it actually looks pretty promising and if the price is right as well. Also might be a good alternative to the Surface 4, Yoga 12, or the iPad 4...

4. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Skylake Core M running 4K, RIP battery life and smooth animations. I have a friend who has a Dell XPS 13 with a 3200x1800 display. It has an i7-5500U, and there are frame drops all over the place. An even higher resolution on a weaker GPU would be awful.

8. gazmatic

Posts: 808; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

You talk the truth. There are very few desktop video cards that are 4k ready. Spec war. And hype.

30. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Kinda shows how fast smartphone performance increases in comparison to laptop/desktop performance, especially when there are already a handful of chipsets that support 4K displays

33. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

NVIDIA titan/980 AMD 290... They're pretty capable of 4k.

38. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

And on the mobile front, the Tegra X1.

6. gazmatic

Posts: 808; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Price price price. I want a price war. I swore I would never buy dell again but if this and the sp4 are priced competitively I may make t

7. BadAssAbe

Posts: 507; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

Laptop/tablets should also allow HDMI in, portable HD monitor for every thing. I hope I'm not the only that thinks this is a good idea

21. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That'll be turning a Surface Pro into a 5-in-1 device; Tablet and Digitizer Drawing Board (on it's own and with Digitizer Pen), Laptop (with Type Cover), Desktop (with Docking Station), or simply a Monitor... Though, only practical use case I can think of is for like managing a data center or multiple NAS, in which case, instead of the company buying a monitor for each station, just have little LED notification bulbs and get more information from each station by plugging in their monitor output... For your Android phone or another Windows Laptop, that's already doable via software like TightVNC...

23. BadAssAbe

Posts: 507; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

Or play your ps4 on a very nice personal monitor LOL

9. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

I will definitely buy this!

10. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

It runs Windows 10 so if it sells well then Microsoft also wins.

12. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

Looks good if the price is right. But what is this CPU worth and can it support the screen res with reasonable battery life? How much res got iPad Pro?

13. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

And what is the screen size of this thing?

14. mochachino

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

I absolutely hate dell products based on several consecutive bad experiences. The thought of Dell literally makes me cringe inside but maybe they've changed from the mid 2000s. The XPS 13 looks good (still can't bring myself to forget past products to make it my next laptop) However, I'll keep watch regarding the price of this laplet? Or tabtop? Who knows, maybe I'll be interested. The Dell brand may be able to turn it around if they keep releasing the best products. Still though, the name Dell literally makes me feel bad inside given my prior history with them.

29. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Very sad. My XPS17 had just turned 4, and my first problem of a couple of failed keys on the number pad has just occurred. Last year I swapped one of the hard drives for an SSD and it increased the speed significantly, as has windows 10.

15. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I'm thinking of replacing my wacom for this badboy.

17. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Hm Interesting

18. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

Intel Core M? Even Apple A9 beat the macbook with Intel core M

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