updated 11:20 pm EDT, Fri July 8, 2011
Dell Peju tablet to give speed, 8-hour battery
Dell's delayed Windows tablet has been given a codename and hard specs in an unusually vocal and detailed blog leak. Called the Peju or possibly the Latitude ST, the 10-inch slate would be an aggressive rival to ASUS' Eee Slate that eliminates some, though not all, of the weaknesses. Although it would still have a Core i5 processor, Dell Peju Insider claims the 5,500mAh battery would get about six to eight hours of real battery life versus just two for the 12-inch ASUS tablet.
The only defined trim levels should also get an uncharacteristically sharp 1080p display resolution, 4GB of RAM, rear five-megapixel and front 1.3-megapixel cameras, and a 64GB or 120GB solid-state drive. Expansion would be closer to that of a netbook with a pair of USB ports, both HDMI and mini VGA for displays, a microSD slot, and a 3G or 4G modem on at least some models. Dell's favorite N-Trig touch input would make its return and let the pro audience of the Peju use both multi-touch finger input and pens.
A companion dock would turn it into a pseudo-desktop with three USB ports, HDMI output, and even Ethernet.
The Peju would still be heavy and thick compared to an iPad or Android tablet at 1.9 pounds and 0.63 inches, but it wouldn't be relegated to Windows 7. Dell is reportedly labelling the tablet as "Windows 8 compatible" and could upgrade the tablet to the new OS without having to reengineer it.
A once-rumored fall release has now been narrowed down to October. Pricing hasn't been divulged but is more likely to hit $1,000 or more and target professionals. Dell, like HP, is believed to have relegated a once home-focused Windows tablet design to the enterprise after seeing how poorly Microsoft's current OS was faring in the market next to the iPad or even Android.