Dell apparently has its own version of the Surface Studio in the works, developing a desktop/ tablet hybrid with a smart dial interface.
Microsoft announced its new Surface Studio creative PC last week and made quite an impression, morphing from a thin desktop into a sleek tablet. The Surface Dial particularly drew attention, coming as an intelligent accessory for the Surface Studio.
Dell's Creative PC: What To Expect
Dell's upcoming creative PC doesn't seem that much different from the Surface Studio, and it even seems to have its very own dial.
Ahead of a keynote speech at Adobe's Max conference, a video teased the unannounced Dell machine showing various scenarios in which it could be helpful. The video, captured by Surface Pro Artist (via The Verge) shows similar applications to the Surface Studio, including illustration, multi-hand media manipulation and photo and video editing.
"Our thoughts naturally transfer to paper, but there's a gap between what comes naturally and how we create digitally," explains the video. "Dell has changed that."
"Microsoft has changed that" might be closer to the truth considering that Dell has yet to announce its device, but hey, the more innovation, the better.
While there's undoubtedly a great similarity between Dell's unnamed creative PC hybrid and Microsoft's Surface Studio, the two devices are not identical. Microsoft's machine is a desktop that transforms into a tablet with high-definition touch and pen input, whereas Dell's take has the desktop and tablet parts separated.
It's also worth noting that the video shows only dual-screen setups, which might indicate that the touchscreen is more of an accessory rather than a standalone desktop.
Dell's new creative PC is also bound to boast the new features Microsoft added with its Windows 10 Creators Update, which focuses on unleashing creativity. Otherwise, it's tough to tell at this point just how similar it is compared to the Surface Studio, or what features and specs it will bring to the table to set itself apart.
Dell, for its part, says that it envisioned this device back in 2014, and it will officially showcase it at CES 2017.
— Dell (@Dell) November 2, 2016
The machine also seems to sport stylus support and a large touchscreen located where a mouse and keyboard would normally be.
All in all, it looks like an intriguing, powerful workspace ready to fuel creativity and take projects to the next level. If Microsoft Studio is any indication, this type of creative PC costs quite a pretty penny. Microsoft Studio comes with a hefty $2,999 price tag, so maybe Dell can undercut its rival in this aspect.
No additional details are available for now, but we'll keep you updated as soon as we learn more.