The dudes at Dell
are 100 percent throwing their hat into the tablet ring, which figures to get awfully crowded in a battle royal sort of way within the next 3 to 6 months. Apple
's already there, with other players to include Asus
, and, well, just about every company you can think of. And unlike Samsung
with it's Galaxy Tab
, Dell is shooting for the 10-inch screen market, at least initially.
"You'll see for sure a 10-inch [tablet] from us next year," said Steve Felice, president of the Global Consumer, Small and Business division "You're going to see a pretty fast development cycle from Dell and you'll see more products from us next year."
Dell already has one foot in the door with its Streak, a 5-inch device that's more of an oversized smartphone than an undersized tablet. As for the upcoming 10-inch slate, it will most likely run Android
rather than Windows
"There is a tremendous amount of pent-up demand for a Windows [tablet] so you can run productivity applications. Unfortunately, it won't happen until the Windows 8 time frame," said Ed Boyd, vice president of the Experience Design Group at Dell.