A few weeks ago, an anonymous tipster sent us some preliminary designs for two of Dell's upcoming Windows 8 products. One was a fairly standard tablet product while the other was a notebook that could convert to a tablet. This week, Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell confirmed that the PC maker will be releasing a wide variety of device that will run on Windows 8.
PCWorld.com reports that during an on-stage interview at Gartner's annual security and risk management conference, Dell said, "You'll see us at launch, at Windows 8 launch, with a full complement of devices--tablets, hybrids, convertibles--you know every imaginable and maybe some unimaginable forms."
That last statement, about Dell coming up with some "unimaginable forms" for Windows 8 products, certainly sets our minds racing as to what they could be like. Dell also confirmed that the company will be releasing a Windows 8-based tablet that will use an ARM-based processor. The design for the Windows 8 tablet leaked to us indicated it would use an Intel-based chip but we know Dell will ship several different types of tablets at launch, so this is not a surprise.
Dell has also apparently abandoned any plans to return to the smartphone industry. It has tried and failed to launch smartphones in the past, including a Windows Phone product. However, this week Michael Dell stated, "You're not going to see us in phones, not in terms of hardware."