Dell’s 12.5 inch Windows 8 ultrabook that converts into a tablet is now available with Intel Haswell processor options. You can pick up a Dell XPS 12 with an Intel Core i5-4200U processor for $1200 and up, or with a Core i7-4500U processor for $1400 and up.
Not only are the new models faster than the Ivy Bridge-powered versions which came before, but Dell says the new models also get about 2.5 hours more battery life than their predecessors, with up to 8.5 hours of run time.
The Dell XPS 12 is hardly the only notebook/tablet convertible on the market these days. But it stands out thanks to a relatively unusual design — instead of twisting the display horizontally, flipping it back 360 degrees to hang out under the keyboard, or removing it, the screen is in a sort of frame. Push it back 180 degrees so it faces outward and it becomes the lid of your laptop. Close the lid and you have a tablet.
In addition to the new processor options, Dell is also now offering NFC capabilities in the XPS 12. You can pair supported peripherals by tapping them against your device. For instance you can pair wireless headphones or share files with your smartphone.