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Dell unveils new intriguing XPS 18 All in One desktop PC

Dell has launched a smaller-than-average all in one desktop PC called the XPS 18 which will face competition from the likes of the Asus Transformer AIO hybrid and the Sony VAIO Tap 20.

The XPS 18 is essentially a big tethered tablet powered by Windows 8 although it does come with a battery that Dell says, will power it for up to five hours.

It comes with an 18.4in 1,920 x 1,080 pixel touchscreen display covered by a layer of Gorilla Glass and is part of the growing trend of family-oriented, big size tablets. At 2.1Kg and measuring only 20mm thick, it is significantly lighter and thinner than the competition.

It’s clear that Dell engineers have given some serious thoughts to its design. There’s a pair of kickstand to keep the XPS 18 at an angle and there’s even magnetic connection to ease the re-docking process.

As for the rest of the hardware, it includes Intel processors ranging from Pentium to Core i7 models, all based on Ivy Bridge. There are three USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and a front facing camera. The XPS 18 will go on sale on 16 April and will retail for £849.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.