Dell's 10-inch Windows 7 tablet won't debut until fall

Dell recently announced that it would launch a 10-inch tablet to compliment its 5- and 7-inch slates. However, it looks like we'll have to wait a bit.

Dell recently announced that it would launch a 10-inch tablet to compliment its 5- and 7-inch slates. However, it looks like we'll have to wait a bit.

According to Forbes, the Windows 7-based tablet won't be launched until "September at the earliest," but a "Windows 8 tablet" could be on the way early next year too.

Depending on just how early the Windows 8 machine is shipped next year, that could be a small window for two tablet releases. Forbes points out that this unnamed Windows 7 tablet (which may or may not fall within the Streak family) could be intended for a holiday release.

A September debut would make sense if that were the case, but if this is truly a business-minded tablet (especially compared to the Streak tablets), then a big holiday blowout wouldn't really make any sense. It's more likely that Dell just needs more time to work on this tablet, which is fine if it turns out to be a stellar competitor for the HP Slate and similar gadgets. If it is a professional tablet, then it doesn't have to go up against the slew of consumer tablets being launched this spring, such as Apple's iPad 2, the LG G-Slate, and the HTC Evo View 4G.

[NOTE: The device pictured above is Dell's latest tablet, the Streak 7, not the 10-inch slate mentioned in this post.]

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