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Dell: a 'significant number' of tablets due next year

updated 07:50 am EDT, Tue November 2, 2010

Dell: tablets big in 2011, WP7 easier than Android

Michael Dell today told those at a Hong Kong gathering that his company would have a "significant number of new tablets" in 2011. He stopped short of detailing the plans but characterized his firm as experimenting with what would work. The executive wasn't certain the iPad had established a full market and didn't want to commit to a particular formula for his launch plans.

"There's lots of debate about the size of the market, who's buying these devices, and those questions always emerge when there's a new form factor," he said.

Dell so far is only selling the five-inch Streak, which it has characterized as a crossover between a tablet and a phone, but plans to launch its seven-inch Looking Glass tablet in the near future and its 10-inch variant within the next several months. With the exception of its Inspiron Duo convertible Windows 7 netbook, all of the tablet designs will run customized versions of Android.

The Streak had been in development before the iPad was announced but is widely thought to have been followed by a slew of newer models after Dell was caught off-guard by Apple's approach, which focused on a much larger design that takes advantage of the extra screen area. Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been highly critical of small tablets as he has felt that they have a negligible advantage over a smartphone or a media player. He also felt that companies like Dell, which got into Android tablets early, were going against Google's own advice and producing devices that weren't optimized for the extra screen area.

Dell indirectly agreed and noted that many of the developers reporting back on its early devices, including the Aero smartphone, weren't as happy developing for Android. Supporting Windows Phone 7 devices like the Venue Pro was easier, the company founder said. Android is partly open-source but requires more direct experience in Linux where WP7 can use some of Microsoft's existing Windows development tools and has visual design tools to simplify constructing the core interface for a given app.

By Electronista Staff


  1. climacs

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 2001


    shorter Michael Dell

    we're going to throw a bunch of S*** at the wall and hope something sticks.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2005


    Using Babelfish ...

    ... I ran this article through the Dell-to-English translator:

    "For some unknown reason the Streak isn't doing all that great and so we still don't know what we're doing. In the wake of the iPad I know I've been paying a big bunch of people to f*** around in our labs, but honestly I don't really know what they've actually been doing either."

  1. imactheknife

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jul 2003



    More black shiny plastic c*** from dell...with windows 7 full OS on it running on lousy hardware. Where do I sign up?

  1. jarod

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2005


    Who's Dell?

    Are the editors forgetting to run a spell check before posting articles again?? Shouldn't this be DULL?

    DULL, insignificant, spam.

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    I'm sure they'll attract a few consumers

    that don't know any better or that just hate Apple and Steve Jobs. This is a typical shotgun approach by most computer or smartphone vendors that probably haven't done any research and just have to have something out there to stop Apple from grabbing significant market share. You can tell this is true because even Google is telling them that the proper version of Android isn't ready and they should wait for the tablet version. Time is money lost, so they'll let the consumer suffer the consequences.

    With all these tablets coming out it's quite an about face from companies that last year claimed that all consumers wanted were netbooks and are now probably eating their netbook inventory. I'm anxious to see how netbook sales are going be this holiday season. I'll bet netbook sales will fall off considerably. I'm also curious about Steve Jobs prediction that consumers will stay away from 7" tablets. That would be disastrous for rivals. Hehe.

  1. pairof9s

    Senior User

    Joined: Jan 2008


    For certain!

    Because Lord knows, you were absolutely correct in how Dell products took over the MP3 player and smartphone markets from Apple's early leads, Michael.


  1. tfmeehan

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2009


    I would like to announce...

    that I, too, will be releasing a significant number of tablet devices next year. Can't reveal any details but they will all have better specs and will definitely work better than the iPad, although I'm not sure which OS will be running on them or what their specific capabilities will be...

    but they will be better...than the iPad...

    several analysts have already agreed with me already...

    they will also be either more expensive, the same or less expensive than the iPad, so don't get anything yet...wait for mine...

    ...they'll be better...I swear.

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