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

37. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

As I see this is a bad article. Since the writer failed to mention what OS it gonna comes with.

35. techbuttcheex

Posts: 205; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

4K is overkill. Waiting for Samsung to release an OLED Windows tablet....

36. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

That may take a while. Taskbar, browser navigation, daily use of the same software for hours, will quickly result in a "burn-in". I saw the newest LG OLED in our local store, it has been there for around 1 month, looping the same demo and it has already a visible burn in damage.

41. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Don't be dumb and ignorant. Samsung already has OLED tablets out for years and their phones have them since forever. Heard of them having issues? Don't think so!

27. Krjal

Posts: 448; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Looks good. I'll keep an eye on this. Needs more details especially on the stylus and digitiser capability.

26. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Which one is faster core m skylake or nvdia x1?

28. GameKing95

Posts: 30; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

I bet x1 is faster

34. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Don't know about core m but skylake is 6 Gen 14nm CPUs their pretty capable.

25. GameKing95

Posts: 30; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

Yes thunderbolt on a tablet finally stick a gtx 980 ti when at home and play games

24. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

After using Surface Pro 3 and it's 3:2 aspect ratio screen, I wont look back to 16:9 screen esp in tablets!

22. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

All this BS headlines of "This OEM aims to End Microsoft's Surface Pro" or vice-versa are really misleading. Satya made it clear during the Surface Pro 3 event that Microsoft isn't aiming to put an end to it's OEMs with the Surface Pro line, instead, their aim is to push OEMs to get off their ass and create innovative PC hardware, living room for OEMs to undercut and sell their products. That's exactly what has been going on since they unveiled the Surface Pro line, and it's just bringing more and more valued options for us consumers, giving us more reasons to choose Windows.

18. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

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

17. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Hm Interesting

15. dimas

Posts: 3466; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

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

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: 549; 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.

13. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

And what is the screen size of this thing?

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?

10. Subie

Posts: 2470; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

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

9. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

I will definitely buy this!

7. BadAssAbe

Posts: 509; 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: 509; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

Or play your ps4 on a very nice personal monitor LOL

6. gazmatic

Posts: 822; 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

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: 822; 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.

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...

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