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Dell Inspiron Duo convertible netbook

Dell is due to start selling its wacky-looking Inspiron Duo convertible-screen tablet before the end of the month. According to several US websites, the Dell Inspiron Duo will be available for preorder from 23 November with international orders being accepted via the US site.

We're told Dell equips with device with an N550 dual-core Intel Atom processor and other specifications that we're accustomed to finding on these budget ultraportable such as a basic 1GB RAM allocation (a 2GB version will also be offered). This modest hardware list allows the clever switching screen to take centre stage. This, the shiny red and black styling and the inclusion of Windows 7 Premium Edition gives the Inspiron Duo some serious kerb appeal.

This time last year Dell also came out with an unusual design of laptop intended for a niche market. The razor-thin Dell Adamo beat even the famously slim Apple MacBook Air for its cadaverous proportions.

Pricing and confirmed specifications for the Dell Inspiron Duo have yet to be announced, but with a Dell press event scheduled for next week, we hope to bring you further news then.

See also: Dell Adamo XPS ultraportable laptop review

The Dell Inspiron Duo laptop has an unusual conversion mechanism for switching between tablet and traditional laptop-with-keyboard modeThree colour options for the Dell Inspiron Duo will be offered

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