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Leak shows Dell tablet with split, slide-out QWERTY keyboard

updated 08:30 am EDT, Thu June 9, 2011

Dell prepping split-keyboard tablet with unknown O

Dell gave away plans for another but more unique tablet design late Wednesday through a leak. The unnamed seven-inch model would have a slide-out keyboard like Samsung's Sliding PC, but it would address a common complaint of tablets by splitting the layout so it could be used for thumb typing. What photos were captured in the Engadget tip didn't show it booted, but it will have at least a rear camera.

What OS it will run isn't known. A seven-inch screen makes a mobile OS like Android more likely. Dell has been one of the earliest identified Windows 8 partners, though, and could use the tablet as a rare way of standing out.

Dell appears to see the seven inch model as an eventually shipping product and has a mockup product render, though this too doesn't show the OS and just uses YouTube as a placeholder. In either case, the form might not ship until sometime in 2012, and possibly not until late that year if using Windows 8.

The Texas PC creator has so far had little success breaking into the tablet market in earnest. Apart from a mild amount of success with the original five-inch Streak, its newer Streak 7 and all its Windows tablets have usually had a tougher time competing. A new prototype points to the company still being committed to the category but trying harder to stand out through unique designs that so far have been elusive.

By Electronista Staff


  1. Eldernorm

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2007


    Its simple

    Dells motto... We make Sh*t...... You buy our Sh*t! Whats wrong with customers these days anyway??? LOL

    Just a thought,

  1. pairof9s

    Senior User

    Joined: Jan 2008


    This insistence on the past...

    Just like Microsoft failures in shoving Windows down every new device that came out, Dell insists on trying to force old school hardware on new paradigm devices. If a physical keyboard is needed, then one can buy a separate board. But this thing forces you to lug around the extra weight and size of having it always attached to your tablet.

    It flies in the face anyhow of the very beauty of tablets and iPhone-type smartphones' success, and that is the touchscreen navigation and input.


  1. PRoth

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2008


    Rock and hard place

    Well, most electronics vendors are stuck between continuing to make c*** as the identity they're known for, or for copying other vendors that shall remain nameless.

    I have a question: why did the spacebar need to be so wide? For your nose?

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