Dell Confirms Plans to Launch 10-Inch Tablet Next Year

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, Acer, Lenovo, Toshiba, HP, 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.