Dell previews conceptual tablet running Windows 7

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in iPad edited January 2014
Without providing a price or release date, Dell has begun showing a non-working prototype representing a 10 inch tablet running Windows 7.



According to report by CNET, the product is aimed at users "who need greater mobility, as well as IT organizations that demand control, security, manageability, and integration with existing infrastructure investments."



Named the Windows 7 Business Tablet (rather than using the Dell Streak brand), the product concept is short on specifics apart from needing to use an Intel processor. Last month, Microsoft announced plans to port Windows 7 to the ARM architecture used by Apple's iPad, but said this would take at least two years to deliver. Dell hopes to bring the concept to market "sometime later this year," according to the report.



Steven Lalla, Dell's vice president of its commercial client product group, said that "businesses want Windows because it fits into the IT management scheme," before qualifying that with, "not to say Android doesn't."



For those who don't need Windows to fit into the IT management scheme, Dell will offer the same hardware running Android, an interesting choice given that so far, most Android tablets are built around ARM devices like the iPad.



Apple itself was believed to be evaluating Intel's Atom mobile chips back in late 2007, before deciding to design its own A4 SoC used in the iPad. Apple has also touted that most businesses in the Fortune 500 have been eager to fit the iPad into their IT management schemes.



At the Dell event, Intel appeared to contradict evidence that the PC market was going mobile, with Rick Echevarria, vice president of Intel's Architecture Group, maintaining "we have 30 years in which the PC has proven to be able to adapt itself to the environment," adding, that "rumors of the death of the PC have been greatly exaggerated."



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  • Reply 1 of 54
    Why bother? Not only are you late to the game but you show up with a non-functional prototype?
  • Reply 2 of 54
    iliveriliver Posts: 299member
    Alas a tablet running a full-fledged OS. no need to connect to a mother computer? not using a cellphone based OS?

    Stay tuned.
  • Reply 3 of 54
    A non-working prototype.... So, it's exactly like the final product?
  • Reply 4 of 54
    gotwakegotwake Posts: 111member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iLiver View Post


    Alas a tablet running a full-fledged OS. no need to connect to a mother computer? not using a cellphone based OS?

    Stay tuned.



    I bet it is at least as successful as the HP Slate
  • Reply 5 of 54
    CONCEPTUAL tablet, huh?



    Fandroids screaming "It's better than iPad!!" in... 3...2...1...
  • Reply 6 of 54
    recrec Posts: 217member
    It's better than iPad!!



    um... yeah. It's still probably better than a hole in your head.
  • Reply 7 of 54
    There was a time when DELL actually delivered products and kicked ass.

    Not today.

    Vaporware.
  • Reply 8 of 54
    archosarchos Posts: 152member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iLiver View Post


    Alas a tablet running a full-fledged OS. no need to connect to a mother computer? not using a cellphone based OS?

    Stay tuned.



    No need to stay tuned, you can already buy a Tablet PC like the HP Slate PC



    ...at fire sale prices!
  • Reply 9 of 54
    pokepoke Posts: 506member
    A piece of plastic with an screenshot stuck on the front! Nice work, Dell!
  • Reply 10 of 54
    What's the point of showing a non-working prototype?



    No, really, what's the point???
  • Reply 11 of 54
    dunksdunks Posts: 1,240member
    Is that interface based on real information?



    A windowed interface is just embarrassing on a portable touch device at this point.



    Microsoft have an opportunity to innovate handed to them on a platter and they deliver the same interface over and over again.
  • Reply 12 of 54
    mj webmj web Posts: 918member
  • Reply 13 of 54
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by wordwise View Post


    What's the point of showing a non-working prototype?



    No, really, what's the point???



    To try and slow down Apple. If you can just get people to not buy an iPad until they get their 7 Tablet thingy out to market, maybe, just maybe, you can sell enough of your crap to get a slice of the pie Apple created.
  • Reply 14 of 54
    Exactly, why bother going out of your way to embarrass yourself (Dell) previewing a non-working prototype "short on specifics"! If you have something good, build it and then show it off.
  • Reply 15 of 54
    axualaxual Posts: 244member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iLiver View Post


    Alas a tablet running a full-fledged OS. no need to connect to a mother computer? not using a cellphone based OS?

    Stay tuned.



    MS and Dell have a history of delivering failed handheld devices ... I agree, stay tuned. History is apt to repeat itself here as neither company deemed it important enough to actually show a working product.
  • Reply 16 of 54
    poochpooch Posts: 768member
    apple delivers functional ipad running ios



    (well, it ain't far from the truth)
  • Reply 17 of 54
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,624member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    Dell previews a slab of thick plastic with a piece of paper taped on showing Windows 7



    There... fixed that for you.



    Really. If they are going to go right in front of everyone with a ridiculous mockup, use a screen-print of something from "Minority Report" or maybe "Star Trek" you know? Something REALLY futuristic.



    Perhaps maybe they used a screen print of Windows 7 since using the real OS would drain the battery in seconds?
  • Reply 18 of 54
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,624member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iLiver View Post


    Alas a tablet running a full-fledged OS. no need to connect to a mother computer? not using a cellphone based OS?

    Stay tuned.



    This is why folks like iLiver aren't running companies. It's far easier to be a sofa-critic than to actually see what drives consumers.
  • Reply 19 of 54
    sheffsheff Posts: 1,407member
    We already had tablets running windows. There was very little in terms of sales, and honestly were very hard to use. Granted the stylus is now gone, but the UI is still not suited for touch and I don't expect these Windows 7 "tablets" to do very well. If Windows 8 has a new UI though, it may be a contender, but this is still years away. I don't expect any noticeable sales for these things.
  • Reply 20 of 54
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iLiver View Post


    Alas a tablet running a full-fledged OS. no need to connect to a mother computer? not using a cellphone based OS?

    Stay tuned.



    And wait to you see the battery life! 1 hour? 2, if they make it thicker.
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