Dell’s already makes one of the best Windows laptops you can buy, and now it seems the company is working up its own rival for Microsoft’s Surface tablet. Leaked slides show a new PC that Dell apparently plans to call the XPS 12. It’s a tablet that magnetically latches onto a standalone keyboard, creating a setup that looks very similar to Microsoft’s. Lenovo also recently unveiled its own Surface-like PC. Dell’s keyboard for the XPS12 will feature an illuminated keyboard and what the company promises is a touchpad that “works flawlessly.” That’s always been the weak point of Surface keyboards, so it’ll be interesting to see if Dell can jump out ahead of Microsoft.
The information listed on the slides also puts this XPS 12 ahead of the Surface Pro 3 when it comes to the display; Dell’s latest will reportedly feature a 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution with an InfinityEdge design that cuts down on bezel size. There’ll be a stylus for it, and other specs include a Thunderbolt 3 port, 10-hour battery life, and cameras on both back and front (8-megapixel on the rear, with a 5-megapixel selfie cam). Unfortunately this leak doesn’t offer us any specifics about the XPS 12’s processor, nor the amount of RAM inside. But with both this and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 around the corner, it’s shaping up to be a pretty great fall for Windows 10. The leaked documents point to an October launch for Dell’s XPS 12. Some friendly competition won’t stop Dell from helping Microsoft carve out a bigger audience for Surfacein the enterprise.