The Inspiron Duo has almost landed. Dell’s netbook/tablet convertible will go on sale the first week of December for $549. We buy that having a keyboard built in is probably worth $50 more than the entry-level iPad, but the true added value of this device will come down to what you can do with the Duo in tablet mode and how well the touchscreen interface works. Our friends at Engadget just posted a quick hands-on video, and the convertible design (available in blue, black, and red) certainly looks sleek. But what’s under the hood?
Like a high-end netbook, the Inspiron Duo will feature an Atom N550 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a Broadcom Crystal HD Accelerator for displaying high-def content on the 10-inch screen (1366 x 768). A special Dell Stage interface launches when you use the flip-hinge to swing the display into tablet mode. This UI offers quick touch access to music, video, photos, and books. A separate dock with integrated JBL speakers will cost an extra $100. We don’t see an app store on offer here, but we didn’t expect one from a Windows 7 device.
Check out the video below and let us know if you think the Duo will make you flip for its design and features.