Dell plans on launching a 7-inch tablet to compete with the Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab, according to a Dell executive quoted in The Wall Street Journal.
Dell plans on launching its 7-inch tablet within the "next few weeks,"
to a company executive quoted Sept. 29 in The Wall Street Journal
executive, Dell Greater China President Amit Midha, also suggested that a Dell
10-inch tablet would make an appearance within the next six months to a year.
"It was showed off at Oracle [OpenWorld] by [CEO]
Michael [Dell] last week, and we'll be launching very, very soon-within the
next few weeks," Midha
is quoted as saying
A Dell 7-inch tablet would follow its 5-inch Streak, which launched in the United
States Aug. 13. That 5-incher runs Google's
Android 1.6 operating system, features front- and rear-facing cameras, and is
priced at either $549.99 unlocked or $299 with a two-year AT&T
Dell revealed the Dell Streak 7-inch during a Sept. 22 presentation at Oracle
, but remained close-lipped about specs or a possible release
date. In addition to the growing tablet family, Dell's forays into mobility
include the 10-inch Inspiron Duo, which can be used as either a tablet or a
netbook; Dell plans on using a dual-core Atom chip for that device.
"Michael made the point that devices are changing and evolving rapidly
to keep up with the way users want to get their data-anytime, anywhere,"
read a Sept. 22 posting on Dell's corporate blog, Direct2Dell, referencing
that OracleWorld appearance
Dell also plans to profit from the back-end infrastructure that supports
those mobile devices. During a summer conference for financial analysts,
Michael Dell suggested that the burgeoning mobile market represents a chance to
increase sales of servers and other hardware.
"There has to be servers and storage to support all the data that is
being pulled by users, and this is an exciting opportunity for us," he
told analysts at the event.
The Dell Streak and its successors face competition not only from the Apple
iPad, which rekindled interest in the consumer tablet segment earlier this
year, but also upcoming products such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Research In
Motion's PlayBook, a BlackBerry-themed tablet unveiled on Sept. 27. Both the
PlayBook and Galaxy Tab feature 7-inch screens.
have also circulated that Apple is preparing a 7-inch iPad of its own
scuttlebutt extends back to August, when Digitimes Research predicted a 7-inch
iPad due in the first quarter of 2011 and armed with an ARM
Cortex A9-based processor.