Dell Puts Its Windows 8 Lineup On Pre-Order

With the Windows 8 launch less than two weeks away, Dell announced that their lineup of Windows 8 PCs is up for pre-order, including the XPS 12, a convertible ultrabook-tablet with a touch screen.

The systems available for pre-order along with the Dell XPS 12 are the XPS One 27 and Inspiron One 23 all-in-one desktops, reports PC Magazine.

The systems are set to ship on October 26, the same day that Windows 8 will be available to the public. The XPS 12 convertible laptop was introduced in August at IFA and is not the first time that the company has played with a convertible device.

In 2010, Dell came out with the Inspiron Duo, although the upcoming XPS 12 is being promoted by the computer manufacturer as two products in one. The laptop can convert to a tablet via a flip-hinge design. The laptop, which sports a 12-inch full HD display, will start at $1,199.

As for the company’s all-in-one desktop computers, the Windows 8 version of the XPS One 27 will include a 10-finger capacitive touch screen that will allow the user to take advantage of the new Microsoft operating system’s tough functionality.

According to CNet, the Dell XPS 12 ultrabook is also being offered for pre-order with Windows 8. The company is also offering the new operating system on its XPS, Inspiron, Latitude, OptiPlex, and Precision models.

Dell’s announcement joins them with Lenovo, Acer, and Sony, all of whom have announced the pricing and availability of their Windows 8 systems. While Dell’s announcement is more centered toward the company’s existing systems, Lenovo’s Windows 8 lineup is heavily weighted toward convertible laptops and tablets that have been specifically designed for the new Windows operating system.