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Dell is using the Computex show in Taipei to launch an 11.6-inch Windows 8 laptop that can be used as a tablet. The XPS 11 device, with a casing made of carbon fibre and aluminium, has a hinged keyboard that allows it to fold backward. The device weighs 1.13kg.

The screen has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, and there’s an Intel Core i5 Haswell processor for longer battery life, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt for speedy file transfers.

The in-plane switching (IPS) screen is said to ensure that the display remains as bright from different angles as it is from straight on. It has an active digitiser that can respond to pressure from a pen.

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Dell already markets the XPS 12 device which has a 12.5-inch multi-touch display.

The company is in the midst of a transformation from a PC maker to a technology-services provider. It will hold a shareholder vote on July 18 on a $24.4 billion buyout bid by founder Michael Dell and private-equity firm Silver Lake Partners, who want to take the company private – or an alternative plan by activist investor Carl Icahn that would enable shareholders to retain their holdings.
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