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Dell Targets End of 2012 for New Tablet Push

By - Source: Reuters | B 14 comments

Dell has said that it plans to release a tablet before the year is out.

Tablets have been one of the major trends at CES, and it seems even those that didn't bring any to the show are eager to let the tech world know they're not going miss the tablet train.

Dell has already shown us some of its tablet prowess with the Streak (pictured), but, alas, the Streak was not long for this world. The company didn't bring any slates to CES 2012, but it is planning to have another bash at the consumer tablet market. In fact, the company told Reuters this week that it would release a new tablet by the end of the year. Chief commercial officer Steve Felice told the news outlet that it's planning a bigger push into the consumer arena, adding that the company has just been laying low while rivals attempt to churn out iPad killers.

"We have been taking our time. The general failure of everyone that's tried to introduce a tablet outside of Apple," he's quoted as saying. "You will see us enter this market in a bigger way toward the end of the year. So we are not really de-emphasizing it, we are really being very careful how we enter it."

"When you are talking about PC, people are more focused on the hardware itself. When you are talking about the tablet or the smartphone, people are interested in the overall environment it's operating in," he added. "As we have matured in this, we are spending a lot more time in the overall ecosystem."

Felice didn't mention any specifics, such as screen size or what it's learned from watching the likes of HP and RIM try and fail to take on Apple and other successful tablet manufacturers. He also remained quiet on what Dell plans to do differently this time around, which leaves us free to conjure up our dream tablet and hope that Dell is paying attention. What would you like to see in the next Dell tablet? Let us know in the comments below!

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    el33t , January 12, 2012 2:13 PM
    As if the streak failure wasn't enough for em'
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    Anonymous , January 12, 2012 2:16 PM
    I'll buy a tablet when I cant get 1920x1080 resolution (or better) and not before. Movies just look like crap on the lower res tablets.
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    jdenova007 , January 12, 2012 2:20 PM
    Tablets have uses... but not for me...

    I am happy with my DroidX capabilities and 4.3" screen... if I want bigger/better I go to my Monster PC with 27" Cinema Display... if I want even better... I go to my PS3(Blu-ray) and 47" LCD....

    Tablets are of no use to me. They seem to fall into more of a business luxury.
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    yanjustin98 , January 12, 2012 2:34 PM
    Don't really see the point in tablets. Cell phones are improving quickly enough and with 5 inch screens there really isn't too much of a point to tablets. Might as well have a laptop and a phone. And if Dell doesn't have a bad enough reputation in computers.
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    kaisellgren , January 12, 2012 2:43 PM
    Are you guys kidding? One use for a tablet I have is to be able to watch movies, surf the web, read ebooks and maybe even play time wasting games. I do that a lot while I travel. It takes an hour to go to job and back, a 10" tablet is far better suited for movie watching than some smartphone... and I see no point in a laptop because they are too heavy to carry with you every freaking day.
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    southernshark , January 12, 2012 2:45 PM
    I love tablets, but the future is the hybrid, like the Asus Transformer Prime. The ability to use it either as a tablet or a laptop makes it ideal.
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    yanjustin98 , January 12, 2012 2:51 PM
    Now that you put it this way, it does make sense. But the cell phone industry is growing so fast. Won't be long before we're all walking around with cases designed for like 6 in phones. Pretty funny stuff. But for practicality purposes I would get a laptop and cell phone first. Tablets definitely offer a good option for a entertainment tool and flexible entertainment platform.
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , January 12, 2012 3:00 PM
    Ok, if Dell did happen to build my dream tablet it would have a hex-core RISC processor, 2 gigs of RAM, 1920 x 1080 HD 10.1" screen, microSD slot, and HDMI out. Also it would come with a keyboard dock that adds 2 full size USB ports, 8 hours of battery life and has another HD ~100 gigs. All this for only $200. And so ends the pipe dream.
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    cookoy , January 12, 2012 3:03 PM
    Tablets are very handy for short duration content consumption, like surfing the internet in bed before going to sleep or doing some doodles while on a boring meeting. But i won't use them to do real work.
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , January 12, 2012 3:05 PM
    I'm sorry did I say $200, I meant they would give them away to people in IT.
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    masterofevil22 , January 12, 2012 3:28 PM
    So....they're going with Windows 8 tablets bc they failed with Android..??
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    freggo , January 12, 2012 5:19 PM
    By the time Dell want to try again the market may be too saturated to be able to absorbe the quantities Dell would have to move to make it worthwhile. So they would have to come up with a real low price point, thus not making enough profit to pay for R&D... and either loose a bundle in the process or realize it is better to not bother and OEM someone else's tablet with a DELL stamp on it.
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    computernerdforlife , January 12, 2012 9:44 PM
    People who bash tablets do not have one. I thought the same thing until I picked up 1, then 2 more for the family and we all use them for various reasons. My toddler uses kids games, the wife does her puzzle/jigsaw/search games and whatever else, and I use mine to monitor stocks or GPS for my car.

    The following predictions are what most consumers are looking for: Apple, Android or Blackberry(soon Win 8 tabs?) for their tablets. I hate to make it this simple but that's what it is. I love competition because that always benefits the consumer. Unfortunately, the smaller players will fade away through time. Care to wager?
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    DSpider , January 13, 2012 7:00 AM
    Razor-thin device with a thin bezel. Because most tablets are way too thick.

    No buttons PLEASE! Only a power button, and if possible, make it click behind a piece of plastic, effectively making it completely water-proof! Meaning none of that speaker sieve crap. If you do add speakers make sure no one can spot them at a glance and that they'd have to place their ear right next to it to be able to find out where they are.

    10h+ battery life.

    USB 3.0, HDMI.

    3 models in: 8, 32, 128 GB capacity - the high-end model sporting a Wacom layer and an embedded stylus.

    Android and Windows 8 in a dual-boot configuration.

    Make it happen, Dell !