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Dell, one of the world’s largest PC makers, on Tuesday introduced XPS 18 all-in-one desktop personal computer with 18.4” multi-touch display, which can be used as media tablet. The system comes with a special docking station and therefore all the necessary expansion ports possible. The new AIO-tablet hybrid will run Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 8 operating system.

The XPS 18 is based on third-generation Intel Core i-series 3000-family “Ivy Bridge” processors with integrated Intel HD graphics and can be equipped with high-capacity solid-state drives or hard disk drives. It comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse and its flexible design allows it to be used in a variety of ways for the most comfortable viewing angle: on an optional powered stand for ‘walk up’ computing; on any flat surface using the built-in flip-out feet; laid flat for sharing; or held on your lap for reading and browsing.

With a huge 18.4” full HD (1920*1080) capacitive multi-touch display, the XPS 18 opens up new possibilities in multimedia and casual gaming for families, yet is still easy to use thanks to its relatively light weight (starts at 4.85 lbs, 2.2 kilograms). The XPS 18 is light enough to hand back and forth, but the screen is large and vibrant enough for multiple people to watch videos, share content or enjoy dual-player games on the same screen from a variety of angles.

As a bonus, the Dell Wyse PocketCloud application is pre-installed on the XPS 18, helping users build their own “personal cloud” and remotely manage personal and professional content.

“The XPS 18 will change the way people define and use a PC today. Everyone who uses it is shocked and amazed at how light it is and comfortable to use in a variety of settings. By combining the performance, versatility and space-saving design of a traditional AIO with an ultra-thin and light touch display and unmatched battery life, we’re giving customers a whole new computing experience that can go anywhere.” said Kirk Schell, vice president, consumer PC group at Dell.

Dell XPS 18 will join other similar “table PC”-class devices, such as Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon table PC as well as Asus Transformer AiO. It remains to be seen whether the ultra-large “tablets” will actually become popular as while they are mobile around home, they cannot be used everywhere, like traditional tablets.

The XPS 18 will be available on Dell.com in the United States and in select countries in Europe on April 16, starting at $899.99.

Tags: Dell, XPS, Intel, Core, Ivy Bridge, ASUS, Lenovo

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