Finally! In a move which many have predicted will change the fortunes of the ever-lambasted Tablet PC platform, it appears that Dell are at long last bringing out a pen-computing laptop of their own. Eagle-eyed Bob from MobileRead spotted the Latitude-based convertible in a video on the company's own Direct2Dell blog, and Kevin Tofel is already slinging in his twopenny-worth about potential specs.
A lot of people have been waiting for Dell to enter the Tablet PC market, on the assumption that it will help bring prices down and encourage the pen-technology into offices, classrooms and university lecture halls. Up until now, however, they've completely denied any intention of sticking a hinge and digitiser into any of their notebooks.
A GottaBeMobile reader, Kevin Bals, was talking to a Dell rep at a school conference who spilt the beans on the multi-national's plans come Vista-time...
"I was at a large school convention on Thursday and ran into the Dell Reps for my area. I was telling them about how we use the Toshiba Tablets and wireless Epson Projectors in our classrooms. I asked them if Dell was coming out with a Tablet anytime soon and they said to look for a late spring release of a Dell Tablet. They said Michael Dell was very much against the tablet. Over time though he realized the tablet was a gateway into the school for other vendors. For example since the school had to go elsewhere for the tablets they ended up buying printers, desktops or projectors from the other vendor as well.
They also said that Dell usually waits for a particular product to become mainstream and then they look to develop a product and own the market. Dell feels that since Vista will have the tablet features built right into the OS that the corporate world will embrace the tablet on a large scale. The reps said this will be especially true once service pack 1 is out for Vista. They plan on releasing their tablet to coincide with the release of service pack 1 for Vista."
This would be incredible news and a real boost to a technology that, even years down the line from its inception, still gets regular criticism from reviewers.
In addition to updated Venue 7 and 8 tablets, Dell has rolled out the red carpet for a couple new Inspiration convertibles, both of them being 2-in-1 offerings able to fold into tablets. Unlike the Venue slates, the new Inspiron devices will be available starting later this month.
There’s little doubt now that Microsoft will eventually release a smaller version of its Surface tablet. Reports this week suggest that the supposedly delayed Microsoft Surface Mini will make its first debut at the next Surface event, one taking place on the 20th of May in New York City. This release may very well be so important that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be officiating.
This week the folks at Dell responsible for letting the world know about their ultra-tough notebook and tablet lineup have released the Rugged Extreme collection. First on the books is the Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme - standard save it’s hardcore attitude. Then there’s the Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme convertible notebook, one that can effectively change position for whatever job you’ve got.
It’s not clear whether the change in staff announced this week by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will have any grand impact on how you play the game. The big change is in how Xbox and Xbox Live will be run. Instead of being two separate ecosystems that just happen to work with one another, Nadella has let it be known that Microsoft’s Xbox and Xbox Live divisions will be run as a single unit, and they’ll be run by the same fellow, too: Phil Spencer.
Not to be confused by the Android tablet with a similar name, the Dell Venue 8 Pro is running Windows. Unlike the difference in operating systems though, there is one similarity to some of those Dell Android tablets, the processor. Dell has the Venue 8 Pro equipped with an Intel processor. Basically, we are looking at an 8-inch tablet running a full Windows installation here, so read on to check out the full SlashGear review.
Working with Chrome for their newest notebook device, Dell has revealed their own Chromebook 11. This device works with an 11.6-inch display with edge-to-edge glass up front with full resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. You'll be working with Wi-fi a 802.11 a/b/g/n for quickness in connectivity and two USB 3.0 ports for swiftness in data transfer.
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