For those consumers who can't decide on a tablet or netbook computer, Dell today announced its new Inspiron duo convertible tablet is now available for pre-order in the United States. Canadians will be able to get their hands on the device sometime next year.

With its unique, flip-hinge design, the new computer lets you work in tablet mode with the 10.1 inch touch screen facing outward or in netbook mode with the facing inward giving access to a full QWERTY keyboard.

The Inspiron Duo features a 10.1-inch HD (1366x768 pixel) touch display; Intel Atom N550 dual core processor (1.5GHz); 2GB RAM; built-in WiFi; Chicklet keyboard; Integrated 1.3MP Webcam and digital microphone; 250GB or 320GB hard drive; two USB ports; headphone port and comes loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium.

“The new Inspiron duo’s dual purpose delivers one-touch access to great content and yet offers the functionality of a full keyboard for more intensive applications. We’re excited to offer such an innovative and unique design to our customers.” said Sam Burd, vice president, Dell Consumer, Small and Medium Business Product Group.

In addition, Dell is offering an optional Audio Station dock with built-in media card reader, JBL speakers, two additional USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet adapter and battery charger.

The new machine is now available in the United States and will come to Canada in the New Year. It is being offered in three colours - Foggy Night, Fastback Red and Marlin Blue -  and will start at $549 USD or $649 USD with dock.

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