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February 16, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Leaks ahoy: Dell Win8 tablet in January, Sony game pad in fall

Gadget blogs were full of juicy reports today.

First Engadget posted details of a $599 tablet that Sony may be preparing to release in September as a browsing-gaming-reading device, with the PlayStation brand. It’s based on Android Honeycomb with a 9.4-inch touchscreen, USB ports and an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor.

It seems like a natural move, to continue Sony’s development on Google’s software beyond the new Sony Ericsson gaming phone and GoogleTV devices, and create a bigger mobile device that connects to Sony’s online media services.

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But the coolest thing about the tablet is its design, with a curved edge on one side, like a magazine that’s opened rolled back. The idea is to make it easier to hold for a longer period of time, according to the report.

Then WPCentral and Android Central posted what look like authentic, internal Dell marketing documents showing upcoming phone and tablet releases into early 2012.

The phone roadmap includes a “next generation” Windows Phone 7 device coming in July – it looks like Dell’s current Venue Pro WP7 phone – and two dual-core devices based on the upcoming Android “Ice Cream” software, including one with a 4-inch screen appearing in September and a 4.3-incher in October.

Even more interesting, though, is Dell’s tablet lineup. The highlight is a Windows 8 model code-named “Peju” that’s scheduled to appear in January 2012. If true, that’s the first clear indication of when to expect Microsoft’s next major operating system. A January launch at the Consumer Electronics Show would also be a tidy follow-up to Microsoft’s announcement last month that Windows 8 will run on tiny, mobile-device processors.

Before Peju arrives, Dell plans to ship at least three more tablets based on Android, including a Honeycomb-based device called “Gallo” in April.

The Windows 7 tablet that Dell mentioned recently may be the “Rosemount,” which is apparently going to be released around June 1 and have a high-definition screen with 1366 by 760 resolution.

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