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Brier Dudley's blog

Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

February 8, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Tablet frenzy continues: Dell unveils Windows 7 model

After launching a series of tablets based on Google’s Android software, Dell today gave a sneak peek at a Windows 7 model coming out in a few months.

The device is aimed at business customers – but will be sold to consumers as well – and has a 10-inch diagonal screen, Intel’s latest processors and an iPad-like design.

That’s based on various reports from an event in San Francisco today where Dell announced 39 new PCs for 2011. Most are updated laptops and desktops.

This must be new PC week. Hewlett-Packard on Monday announced its new touchscreen desktops and today announced its new laptops. On Wednesday HP’s also showing off its WebOS operating system, presumably with new consumer tablets.

There are also several rumors floating around about Apple unveiling the next iPad this week.

Dell’s going to start selling its Windows tablet in May, according to PC Pro’s report, but I wonder if the mockup was rushed out to get ahead of the HP news.

The device shown today was a non-functioning demo unit, with a decal instead of a working display, according to Cnet’s blog from the event, which has a good picture of the tablet here.

Dell’s also going to develop a 10-inch Android tablet, joining the 5-inch and 7-inch “Streak” models now carried by AT&T and T-Mobile.

During Dell’s presentation, an executive said big companies want a Windows tablet that fits into their IT plans. Android can also fit, he said, but more want a Windows version, according to Cnet’s report.

Get ready for a bunch of tablet announcements as PC makers start building devices based on Intel’s “Oak Trail” system and launch them in time for the graduation and Father’s Day sales season.

Comments | Topics: Android, Dell, iPad

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