The Windows 10 convertible floodgates are officially open now that the Surface Pro 4 is out and about, and as expected, Dell has a little something, something to pit against Microsoft’s newest “laplet”, as well as the Apple iPad Pro.
But first, the 2015 XPS 12 needs to clear HP’s revamped Spectre x2 hurdle, which doesn’t seem a problem, as long as you’re comfortable coughing up $1,300 for not-a-real-laptop. The versatile 12-incher includes a sturdy-looking magnetic keyboard dock, plus a breathtaking 4K touchscreen, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD in its top-tier configuration.
It almost goes without saying the pixel-packed 3,840 x 2,160 display is the hybrid machine’s main claim to fame, comfortably eclipsing even the 2,736 x 1,824 panel of the Surface Pro 4. You shouldn’t be surprised to hear such a feat required compromises, though we’d have expected at least one XPS 12 version to offer more than Intel Core M5 “Skylake” processing power.
Mind you, at $1,300, the Surface Pro 4 features 8 gigs of memory, 256 gigs of internal storage space, and a much zippier Core i5 SoC, albeit the keyboard accessory is sold separately.
There’s obviously a lower-end Dell XPS 12 model to be had starting sometime in November, in exchange for $1,000, with the same underwhelming Core M5 chip in tow, 8GB RAM, but 128GB SSD and just a 1,080p screen.
Tough choice to make, especially when you consider the slim 1.75-pound figure in tablet mode, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, USB Type-C connectivity, respectable 8 and 5MP cameras, and optional Active Pen.