Dell has sold 'hundreds of thousands' of Windows 8/RT tablets; could make wearable PCs

Dell has released just two tablets with Microsoft's latest operating systems; the Windows 8-based Latitude 10 and the Windows RT-based XPS 10, shown above. Today, a Dell executive said in an interview that so far the company has only sold 'hundreds of thousands' of those two tablets since they launched in late 2012.

In a chat with The Guardian, Sam Burd, Dell's global vice-president of personal computing, said the large businesses that make up much of the company's customer base have been slow to purchase Windows 8 tablets. However, he added that it is "encouraging" that more companies are starting to use these products.

Burd said:

It's going to take some time, and the jury is still out. IDC's numbers says that Windows 8 on tablets is still far smaller than the iPad, but there are successes. Maybe in a few years when we get to Windows 8 tablets being a third or 40% of tablet volume we can feel it's happening. Tablets are definitely an important piece of the computing business.

Burd also said that Dell is "exploring" a possible entry into the wearable computing space, similar to what Apple might be developing with its rumored iWatch. He said, "Having a watch on your wrist – that's pretty interesting, pretty appealing."

Source: The Guardian | Image via Dell

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For Dell to succeed in the tablet market they has to provide consumers better than what Surface Pro has to offer. Their tablet quality isn't par to what Surface Pro has to offer.

About what I would have expected for Dell for now. The big test for Windows 8 tablets will begin with Bay Trail devices running 8.1. Hopefully the pricing will get better, slowly but surely the pricing has been getting better. I wonder how well Samsung and HP have done with their Clover Trail tablets, those are actually pretty easy to get in retail, my sister-in-law just bought the Samsung last week, she says she loves it. Wasn't that bad, $600 for the tablet and keyboard with 64 GB of storage, cheaper than an iPad with those options. Of course the screen is only 1366x768 but it is a nice screen.

I think a lot of people are like me:

- Very contented with Windows 7
- Still believe Windows 8 is still trying to find its legs (case in point Windows 8.1 which is quite drastic in changes over the initial release).
- The devices are still inferior and full of too many compromises.
- Diversifying product portfolios based on proven platforms: iPhone, iPad and Windows 7 PCs.
- Samsung, yes, lot of young people are crazy over the large S3 and S4.

Windows 7 is just as fast on SSD, my Windows 7 PC boots in 5 seconds, BIOS to Desktop. Windows 8 is pretty much the same. The average user does not spend every waking day of their life in Task Manager, great if you are using a Server, but not a desktop. You need a better selling point. I wouldn't even say security either, because I just cleaned up a friends PC's full of drive by downloads. Windows 8 just a Touch optimized release of Windows 7. I have non touch hardware, so I can do without it.

Xybernaut Inc. is a company which tried to make wearable computers. I lost a small fortune invested into their stock when it went bankrupt in 2004.

I hope Dell succeeds where XYBR failed.

I think the problem is that OEMs (aside from Lenovo) are producing inferior devices when compared to the Surface. If you want to sell a hybrid or tablet at a premium price, then they want something that's beautifully designed... particularly if you're entering a market with established opponents (iOS & Android). HP, Dell & Acer have all dropped the ball. Maybe it's because they're distracted by their own problems, but they need to figure it out... soon.

I think tablets will do way better once Windows 8.1 is put on them. The fact they've added so much to the metro side which means even average tablet owners have to go to the desktop side very little compared to 8.0 is a huge improvement. It should also help sell RT better to. Oh and the 4000+ new APIs should bring with it a influx of newer and more robust WinRT apps.

GP007 said,
I think tablets will do way better once Windows 8.1 is put on them.

I'm just hoping we can get a better solution than Atom on the cheaper ones soon. Atom tablets embarrass me just by existing.

I am planning to buy a Dell All-In-One Pc, with a built in Touchscreen, how awesome would that be for Civilization 5! I just want to touch stuff now, i want that expierence.. a touchable Screen pc would really be awesome, i would want to get a touchable Notebook Screen.. but..so far nothing powerful with a good gpu.. thou i am interested in Acer Aspire R.. but the cpu seems to be a bit weaker.. for the price

jp.vdvyver said,
I am planning to buy a Dell All-In-One Pc, with a built in Touchscreen, how awesome would that be for Civilization 5! I just want to touch stuff now, i want that expierence.. a touchable Screen pc would really be awesome, i would want to get a touchable Notebook Screen.. but..so far nothing powerful with a good gpu.. thou i am interested in Acer Aspire R.. but the cpu seems to be a bit weaker.. for the price
I am actually going to try Black & White the moment I get a touch screen for my pc

jp.vdvyver said,
what is the Black&White if i may ask? sounds interesting...
You played a god and you had to fight other gods using spells and a big creature that represented you. Spells were cast using gestures - form a spiral and thunder strike, stuff like that. Having a touch screen allows you to make these gestures using your hand, getting a better godly feel