updated 03:05 am EST, Wed January 11, 2012
Dell shy on whether home tablet uses W8, Android
Dell is planning a big push into home tablet PCs at the end of 2012, the company's Steve Felice said in an interview late Tuesday. In spite of having tried the mobile OS category with the discontinued Streak 5 and 7, Dell would come back in a "bigger way," ,he told Reuters. He suggested that too many tablet makers, implying itself, had just rushed in and been burned.
"The general failure of everyone that's tried to introduce a tablet outside of Apple" has been a problem, he said. Dell wasn't trying to downplay tablets, but wanted to get in properly.
OS choices weren't definite and could include Android or Windows 8, although CEO Michael Dell implied Windows 8 was more likely given the desire to try and address the business software side that it believed Apple was neglegcting.
Despite what's implied by the interview, Dell isn't new to home-oriented tablets and, along with the Streaks, had the poor-faring Inspiron Duo netbook and tablet hybrid on sale. Dell has never explained its performance, but it has almost always skewed towards full-size tablets for corporate users rather than targeting the home. The decision largely cost it valuable lead time and experience that left it caught off-guard then the iPad arrived.