Dell releases touchscreen laptop

Dell has released a touchscreen laptop called Sputnik 3.

This laptop, which will replace the already existing XPS 13 Developer Editions, has a 13.3-inch HD touchscreen and will use Linux OS as opposed to a Windows operating system. Sputnik 3 will run on Ubuntu 12.04 OS and boast Intel HD graphics 4440.

It will be sold for $1,549.99 (£962), and Barton George, director of cloud programmes at Dell, has promised that this figure “will not increase”. There is also a cheaper model available, at $1,249.99 (£775), but only on a build-to-buy basis in North America.

The first Sputnik laptop was introduced a year ago as part of a plan to bring Linux to ultrabook-style laptops.

By December the laptop will be available in the UK and other European countries.

The laptop has a Core i7 dual-core processor, 256GB of solid-state drive storage as well as 8GB of system memory. It also comes with one year Dell ProSupport and onsite service after remote diagnostics. The cheaper configuration has an i5 dual-core processor and 128GB of SSD.