Dell set to launch tablet very soon

Dell recently released their five inch tablet/phone hybrid device, the Dell Streak. Now they are gearing up to release a seven inch tablet computer "within weeks" according to Dell Greater China President Amit Midha. They also have plans to release a ten inch version in six to twelve months. Midha claims Dell are planning to release a three inch and four inch device in the very near future as well.

During an Oracle conference last week Michael Dell, CEO of Dell, briefly showed off the device but didn't provide a release date for the device. According to Midha Dell will also be launching a three inch device around the same time the seven inch tablet is released.

Midha confirmed the seven inch tablet will run on Google's Android operating system but said that Dell has been testing Google's Chrome OS on its devices. He also said that some of the devices they are working on will run Windows.

While talking with the Wall Street Journal Midha said, "China will overtake the U.S. as the company's biggest PC market by 2012, reiterating that Dell expects the PC market in China to grow by 18%-20%, with Dell increasing its market share."

With so many tablet devices coming out Dell will have a tough time competing for home users and with RIM's Playbook on the horizon the business market will be a tough sell as well.

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I am mostly interested in the Samsung Galaxy tab myself. Only one I have seen that had any real promise. Granted, I havnt been keeping a close eye on android tabs so I may have missed something.

techbeck said,
I am mostly interested in the Samsung Galaxy tab myself. Only one I have seen that had any real promise. Granted, I havnt been keeping a close eye on android tabs so I may have missed something.

Unfortunately it's price structure is not the greatest and I'm not to keen on being stuck in a contract get it at a decent price.

Could be good. I have a higher confidence in Android than Chrome OS, at least on these small devices. Chrome OS could be something on larger touch screens though.

Umm, yea...if that pic is the Dell tab, I dont like it. The black border is a diff size on every end so it looks like the screen is off center.

techbeck said,
Umm, yea...if that pic is the Dell tab, I dont like it. The black border is a diff size on every end so it looks like the screen is off center.

I think that is their 5" Streak mentioned, not their bigger tablet.

techbeck said,
Umm, yea...if that pic is the Dell tab, I dont like it. The black border is a diff size on every end so it looks like the screen is off center.

Screen is off center. It appears that it may be fixed in landscape orientation judging by that and the buttons. Might not be bad idea. Though I don't have any confidence in any tablet that Dell brings to market.

A few things I took from this article...

Windows on tablets is trying/failing/trying/failing, Microsoft can't be happy about this. Embedded is not as useful on tablets as it is on ATM's, Kiosks, and everything else. Just put WM7 OS on here and everyone will be happy.

Google is conflicting itself with Android and Chrome OS. I wonder if that will end up hurting it in the long run?

Just like the rumors about a smaller iPAD, all these companies seem to think giving consumers 4 or 5 different size tablets is the way to market. Apple set the bar high with 1. Even though they may bring another one in, it's the weight that i think makes the difference, not the multiple sizes.

ccoltmanm said,
Google is conflicting itself with Android and Chrome OS. I wonder if that will end up hurting it in the long run?
Google doesn't care about black people .. err .. OSes. Their OSes are free which is exactly why anything they do in the OS space cannot hurt them. The OS is just a medium for people to use their web services so that their ads can get a higher hit rate. They will most likely end up merging the Chrome OS with Android because the browser can run on their Android OS. Chrome OS is just a lightweight interim measure so they can put their stuff on hardware that cannot support Android reliably but can support Ubuntu.

Jebadiah said,
Google doesn't care about black people ..
What what what?

Google tests alot of product ideas and ChromeOS is just one of them. They've hinted that it will probably be merged into Android. I agree it doesn't really matter to Google, it's the advertising content that they're after.