Dell unveils Windows 8 hybrid laptop-tablet for business users

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Dell has become the latest PC vendor to launch a convertible, Windows 8 Ultrabook that doubles as a tablet device.

The hardware giant's 12in XPS 12 is available to pre-order from today and allows users to switch from laptop to tablet using a simple hinge mechanism.

The 999 device is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, boasts 4GB memory and features a 128 GB hard drive.

The XPS 12 is being pitched at CIOs that want to take advantage of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend.

Earlier this week, rival PC maker Lenovo unveiled a similar range of hybrid Windows 8 PCs, as the industry clambers to cater to the touchscreen capabilities of the next version of Microsoft's operating system.

The product is one of a number of new business and consumer Windows 8 PCs Dell has announced, along with the XPS One 27 and Inspiron One 23.

The former is an all-in-one device with a 27in screen and is aimed at users that require a high-resolution display for entertainment and gaming purposes.

Meanwhile, the Inspiron One 23 is also aimed at a similar tranche of users, as well as those looking for a device that can be used in the home or at school.

Sam Burd, vice president of the PC product group at Dell, said: "Dell remains on the forefront of designing the industry's best range of PCs to meet the diverse needs of customers, whether businesses concerned with security and manageability or tech-savvy consumers interested in a new device for both personal and business use."

Caroline Donnelly is the news and analysis editor of IT Pro and its sister site Cloud Pro, and covers general news, as well as the storage, security, public sector, cloud and Microsoft beats. Caroline has been a member of the IT Pro/Cloud Pro team since March 2012, and has previously worked as a reporter at several B2B publications, including UK channel magazine CRN, and as features writer for local weekly newspaper, The Slough and Windsor Observer. She studied Medical Biochemistry at the University of Leicester and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism at PMA Training in 2006.