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Dell Showcases Windows 7 Tablet

New tablet announced at business event yesterday

At a business event yesterday in San Francisco, Dell unveiled a new addition to their tablet lineup with an un-named Windows 7 Tablet. Dell has already entered the tablet market with the Dell Streak, although they weren’t much of a success. The launch was the biggest launch in Dell’s history; as more than 30 new products were introduced, and Dell hopes the new tablet can reverse its tablet misfortunes.

While Dell was a bit vague on the details, some components were unveiled. The 10 inch tablet will be powered by an unspecified Intel processor and will feature Windows 7 OS or Android OS. One can only assume that the processor will have to have a bit of power behind it to take care of Windows 7’s demands, but how that will affect battery life and mobility is yet to be seen.

It also appears that Dell is trying to distance the new tablet from the Streak as it will not be branded with the typical Dell tablet name.

According to Steven Lalla, VP and GM of Dell’s commercial client product group, businesses want Windows 7 because it fits into the IT management scheme. Accordingly, Dell is targeting the business sector with this newest tablet and it is designed for users “who need greater mobility, as well as IT organizations that demand control, security, manageability, and integration with existing infrastructure investments.”

One has to wonder if the tablet has even begun production as the only thing on display was a non-working mock. As of now pricing and release are unknown, but if it is truly aimed at businesses then expect the figure to reach close to 4-figures. 


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-02-10 (Update: 2012-05-26)