Does Dell's Inspiron Duo tablet-netbook combo stand a chance?

The Dell Inspiron Duo is coming soon--what's the deal?

By Brennon Slattery, PC World |  Hardware, Dell, Inspiron Duo

The Dell Inspiron Duo tablet (or is it a netbook?) will be officially released November 23, CNET says, citing "industry sources familiar with the launch plans."

The 10-inch Inspiron Duo isn't an ordinary tablet--or an ordinary netbook--in that it flips from a Windows 7-powered tablet into a netbook in a supposedly fluid motion. It's a neat idea, but after the lackluster response to Dell's kinda-smartphone, kinda-tablet, the Streak, the question now is whether Dell can enter any kind of modern tech market successfully.

Specs for the Inspiron Duo haven't been unveiled yet, but rumors say the device will feature an Atom N550 dual-core processor, come in both 1GB and 2GB configurations, and perhaps even play HD 1080p video. Engadget claims that "pre-sale information" will be "dished out later this week, alongside Microsoft's announcement of a new store opening."

Pricing also hasn't been announced, but if you think Dell's pricing history might repeat itself, the Duo could be quite pricey.

Despite lukewarm reception, The Dell Streak smartphone-tablet-thing wasn't a complete failure. Dell gloated that the Streak was the most successful pre-sale the company has ever offered, but quickly dampened the enthusiasm by telling the Wall Street Journal that the Streak's initial sales were "interesting" and "exciting," but "immaterial to Dell's $60 billion in revenue." (Sounds to me like the Streak's sales figures aren't that interesting or exciting; otherwise the company would be a tad more, I don't know, excited?)


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