Back in 2012, when Microsoft launched the Surface RT, only few considered this new approach based on a tablet and a standalone keyboard innovative, so the Redmond-based software giant was nearly all alone in this side of the market at the very beginning. The latest model, the Surface Pro 3, has a 12-inch screen, a kickstand, and weighs less than two pounds. Which is way more than the iPad Pro’s 264ppi. The complete disconnect between the commentators and the Surface brand name is astounding, since commentators usually run through a list of adverts in the broadcast without any slipups. Some pundits point out how Apple’s iPad Pro has subtly vindicated Microsoft’s Surface idea of a tablet that can replace your laptop, albeit coming from a mobile perspective. At worst, they’re losing a potential sale because the commentators claim the tablets are iPads. Dell wants to change that, however, as some recently leaked slides show that the company is working on something called the XPS 12, which looks and sounds a lot like Dell’s answer to the Surface. The hybrid tablet will also have a Thunderbolt 3 port and, of course, magnetic keyboard with backlit keys and touchpad.
The German tech news site does not provide other details of the Dell XPS 12, such as CPU, RAM, and storage options.
The Dell XPS 12 leak follows news last week that both Dell and competitor Hewlett-Packard Co. would participate in Microsoft’s Surface Enterprise Initiative to sell Surface Pro devices and accessories through their sales channels.
The Dell XPS 12 is expected to be launched in October, according to a report from The Verge. The new XPS 12 will have a 5MP front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera.
According to Engadget, interested consumers will get the chance to see Dell’s new XPS 12’s big reveal and release next month.