Dell is going to be offering Ubuntu on its newest release of the hybrid ‘2-in-1’ Inspiron systems, the first Ubuntu has been shipped on a mainstream Hybrid.
Dell seems to be a gateway into the public eye for Ubuntu, with their XPS 13 laptop that has the option of having Ubuntu pre-installed, as opposed to Windows. This device has been very well reviewed, earning a 4.8 star review on OMG! Ubuntu!.
Dell has brought another Ubuntu-pre-installed device onto the market. This time, convertibles.
The 11-inch Inspiron 11 3000 and the 13-inch 7000 notebooks were formally released at Computex on Monday, June 2. Both of the models featured a rotating display that can be folded backwards to form ‘tablet, easel, tent and laptop’ modes, not unlike Lenovo’s Yoga line.
Both devices will feature 10-finger capacitive touch displays (can use up to 10 fingers at once,) three USB ports (one of which is USB 3.0), HDMI out, an integrated webcam, and a SD card reader.
The 11.6-inch model will have an Intel Bay Trail CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB HDD. It has a supposed 8 hours of battery life under Windows 8, though this will be different for Ubuntu. This device will have a base price of $499 when it goes on sale in June. Ubuntu won’t be available as an option worldwide until September.
The 13.3-inch version will have the choice of 4th generation Intel Core processors, up to 8GB of RAM, and a whole caboodle of available premium features. You can add on a backlit keyboard, edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass display with a 1920×1080 resolution, plus an included passive stylus and 20GB of free Dropbox storage. The price for this high end device is yet to be announced, but, if compared to similar products from the company, the price is expected to over $800.