Dell Announces Win7 Tablet, Plus 39 New Devices

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One of the world's most prominent PC makers has announced it will release a 10-inch Windows 7 tablet computer later this year. The company, which is currently ranked second in annual global PC shipments, said the device will be for consumers "who need greater mobility, as well as IT organizations that demand control, security, manageability, and integration with existing infrastructure investments."

Dell's calling the device, which will use an Intel processor, the Windows 7 Business Tablet. The company says consumers should be able to pick one up sometime this summer, though a precise release date has not been made clear.

Dell Android OS Tablet to be Released Shortly

Interestingly, it won't be just Windows 7 making its way onto Dell tablet PCs this year. Dell says it's also working on an Android version of the 10-inch device, tentatively named the 10-inch Android Tablet.

Unfortunately, a price point has not yet been set for these devices. It will almost certainly depend on what kind of hardware Dell places under the hood -- will it simply try to match the power of the average Apple iPad, or create something truly powerful and unique? More details will likely surface in the coming weeks and months.

Dell Unveils 39 New Devices, Including Hybrid Laptop

The tablet announcements were just one part of the company's Dell Means Business conference in San Francisco. Dell unveiled a total of 39 new products at the event, including new notebooks, desktops, and workstations.

Besides the 10-inch Business Tablet, Dell also revealed the XT3, a hybrid laptop/tablet that reportedly features a keyboard and swiveling screen. Dell says the idea comes from demand by businesses "for a tablet-type device that better integrates with their enterprise systems and security systems." (Source:

Dell Latitude-E Series Gets Upgrade

The most exciting updates appear to have come to the Latitute-E series of Dell notebook computers. The company has added 12-, 13-, and 14-inch models running new Intel processors, graphics cards and memory. Backlit keyboards are also a nifty new feature. The Latitude E5000 laptops will retail for $859 (and up). (Source:

The upgrades to Latitude and other systems are part of Dell's attempt to determine where consumer demand is headed. The company told reporters that it's recently interviewed over 7,000 Generation Y IT managers and other customers in an attempt to figure out what people want to do with their Dell PCs.

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