Dell just demonstrated its upcoming 10-inch Inspiron Duo convertible netbook/tablet. Based on the dual core Atom N550 the Inspiron Duo runs Windows 7 Premium. The system can work as a tablet:

The demo seemed quite slow and touch screen was very unresponsive (typical of Atom running Windows 7 on netbook hardware). When you need a full keyboard however the tablet can open up, screen swivel around (the bezel remains in place) and you get a standard netbook:

I actually played with a prototype of the Inspiron Duo earlier this year and the conversion mechanism felt pretty solid. Dell expects it to be shipping by the end of this year.

Check out our full gallery of the Inspiron Duo here.

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  • mino - Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - link

    They did improve. Tremendously.
    The small issue being that 10yrs ago their mainstream platform was DOS-based (read 70s tech).

    Presently, they have a really good backend architecture but are consistently screwing up the UI layer by trying to be APPLEish ...
    Instead of perfecting their old UI which was one of the few things they got right with W95.
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  • mino - Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - link

    I wonder when will the consumers get a brain. (Cause this is clearly an demand-based product).
    The most funny thing is that the "failed" CULV was the right platform for this combo, yet no one cared to do it then ...
    Expect working (Ontario) version coming February at the latest...
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