Dell XPS 12 convertible tablet with Haswell now available for $1200 and up

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.

Dell XPS 12

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.

  • Sam Curcio

    I wonder if we will soon see the older model on Dell’s outlet page?

    • Sam Curcio

      I just answered my own question by checking the site. They are there, but the prices are not what I would call “outlet”.

  • Michael Thompson

    I love this design.
    I owned dell’s first convertible of this type, but ended up selling it to my brother because the battery life was terrible and windows 7 wasn’t quite ready for touch.
    It looks like those issues have largely been addressed at this point.
    Nice piece.