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

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

Summary: 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.

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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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  • As they say in 'Nawlins...

    Laissez les garçon de singe rouler.
    Robert Hahn
  • RE: Dell's 10-inch Windows 7 tablet won't debut until fall

    Let the monkey boy ride??
    Digger_z
  • Is there actually a viable Windows 7 tablet out yet?

    Pagan jim
    James Quinn
    • RE: Dell's 10-inch Windows 7 tablet won't debut until fall

      @James Quinn Sure, the ones that are dancing around in monkey boy's head.
      IAmLegion2011
      • Are you channeling "Ron Burgundy"?

        @IAmLegion2011
        why anyone would want to channel that idiot i'm not sure, but at least he's not here to polute these blogs with his idiotic posts!
        Will Farrell
    • Windows Tablet

      @James Quinn

      Not that I have seen or heard. Though I for one would wait on a true "Windows" tablet until they start shipping with Windows 8. That is if I were interested in something more than a consumer device.
      Badgered
      • RE: Dell's 10-inch Windows 7 tablet won't debut until fall

        @Badgered
        "Note quite the form factor..."
        Sure. Agreed. I just wanted to remind that the usefulness of the tablet is not just about thickness and weight. I see the first crop of Oak Trail tablets are coming out this month. Motions's CL900 is an example of a useful Windows 7 tablet (ruggedized, light, thin), but it won't be as smooth / slick as Apple. You are right that Windows 8 / next Intel gen will be needed to match that fluid feel of the iPad.
        batpox
    • RE: Dell's 10-inch Windows 7 tablet won't debut until fall

      @James Quinn
      I've been using a Windows 7 Lenovo tablet since last year, (and a WinXP one since 2007). It is my main development machine, drawing, multi-touch, stylus, music, voice recognition, etc... Yes, it's not Apple "cool"; 5 times the thickness and twice the weight, but it is also 5 times the power and 100 times the productivity.
      batpox
      • indeed

        @batpox

        True the convertible laptop to tablet device has been around for some time... That's not quite the form factor I was referring to.
        Badgered
    • RE: Dell's 10-inch Windows 7 tablet won't debut until fall

      @James Quinn
      I'm using my HP Slate 500 right now. It's pretty slick and does everything I need it to. It's the right device for me.
      crazydanr@...
  • RE: Dell's 10-inch Windows 7 tablet won't debut until fall

    Bye bye junk useless ipad 2 and android tablets. finally a tablet that can work has a computer desktop.
    ipadsucks
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      Robert Hahn
      • RE: Dell's 10-inch Windows 7 tablet won't debut until fall

        @Robert Hahn

        <i>Yep, office computers that have no keyboards and lie flat in the hand are what the world has been waiting for. I know this because Steve Jobs told me so. </i>

        There, corrected that for you.
        SlithyTove
  • Message has been deleted.

    IAmLegion2011
    • Message has been deleted.

      Will Farrell
      • Message has been deleted.

        SonofaSailor
  • Make up your mind, Dell

    As a strategy, trying to support two different OSes in a slate form factor seems lunacy to me. Something tells me that Dell doesn't really believe in either one. If the slate market was just gaining steam, such an approach might make sense, but with the iPad set to sell 40 million units this year, Dell should really bet the ranch on a single slate OS. Dividing their resources among multiple OSes in the slate category almost guarantees failure.
    I can only imagine the internal office politics going on trying to get support for each product, whether it be marketing $$$, executive face time, personnel, etc.
    Synthmeister
    • RE: Dell's 10-inch Windows 7 tablet won't debut until fall

      @Synthmeister

      Given that a Win7 slate and an android slate or ipad have different capabilities and compete for different markets it's not such a terrible idea.
      SlithyTove
  • vaporware

    Dell is pitiful
    Monkeypox
  • Dell's 10&quot; Tablet w/ Win 8

    How certain is the windows 8 portion of the system or is that just a guess that win 8 will be out by then and that is what Dell will choose to run. Microsoft does not seem to make one of its main priorities "speed" as other new comers must in order to get into the game?
    cad7348