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.
A Dell Tablet PC coming this spring? [GottaBeMobile]
Dell's Venue 8 7000 -- set to arrive later on this month -- won't be the company's only device with 3D cameras, it has revealed. Both Android and Windows devices equipped with 3D cameras will be arriving throughout next year, according to the vice president of Dell's tablet group Neil Hand. Presumably the cameras will be based on Intel's RealSense technology, as is the case with the Venue 8 7000, ushering in a roster of devices that take mobile photography to the next level.
Dell has dragged its Venue 11 Pro tablet back into the labs and given it a makeover, slimming down and speeding up the Windows 8.1 slate to better compete with Microsoft's own Surface Pro 3. The new Venue 11 Pro 7000 now looks distinctly similar to the Surface Pro 3, in fact, and Dell has seemingly taken some inspiration from there when it comes to accessories and peripherals, too, with a mobile keyboard and an active stylus both on offer. That's not to say the new Dell isn't interesting in its own right, however.
Dell will soon be bringing its most premium and yet, at the same time, oddest Android tablet to the US market just in time for the holidays. While the Dell Venue 8 7000 is already quite impressive from the specs alone, flaunting high-end gear all crammed inside an extremely thin profile, the tablet's real selling point would be its rear cameras. Yes, you read that right. The Dell Venue 8 7000 has not one, not even two, but three back-facing cameras to give you, or the tablet rather, a better sense of depth.
Android tablets shouldn’t cost much, and they don’t have to. Dell kept this in mind when designing and building their Venue 8 tablet. A decidedly mid-range tablet, the Venue 8 may still pack a punch. How brutal could that gut-shot be? We find out in our review.
Dell is taking on the Chromecast, but it's giving the concept a more business-minded yet limited twist of its own. While the Dell Cast does plug into TVs and monitors via HDMI, the purpose isn't just to "cast" multimedia to a bigger screen but to turn your Android tablet into a desktop, complete with keyboard and mouse.