Last week, Lenovo unveiled a tablet PC that one can easily argue is their version of the Surface Pro 3; yesterday we got a glimpse of Apple’s take on the same style of PC too. Now, it looks like Dell does not want to be left out the conversation as a German website has managed to get their hands on images and even specs of that company’s upcoming tablet.
The images, which you can see in this post, clearly resemble that of the Surface Pro 3 and it appears to have support for pen input as well. Naturally, there is a kickstand but what may really set this design apart is that the screen supports 4k resolution.
The specs include ten hours of battery life, 8MP rear camera and 5MP front facing camera, 3840×2160 (4K) resolution, backlit keyboard and Thunderbolt 3 support. What’s missing from the spec sheet is the CPU, likely from the new Skylake family as well as storage and RAM; we also don’t know if there are any other USB ports or if an adapter is needed via Thunderbolt 3.
The device is said to be called the Dell XPS 12 2-in-1 and is targeted for an October release.
What’s interesting about these devices is that both the Lenovo and Dell are now following in the path that Microsoft defined with the Surface Pro 3.
This raises two questions: Did Dell and Lenovo feel serious pressure from the Pro 3 to go and build their own adaptation of it or did Microsoft allow them to copy the design? That’s a question we may not ever know the answer to but seeing as there are two new devices coming from Microsoft’s partners and launching at the same time does make it feel like it was more than a coincidence.
No word on price, but once we hear more, we will let you know.