Leaked internal documents suggest that Dell is looking to revive the Windows-powered tablet concept with a device called the 'Peju,' which will ship with Windows 7 Professional, but include the option to upgrade to Windows 8 as and when it ships.
According to documents published on the Dell Peju Insider blog, the tablet PC will be powered by an Intel Core i5 processor and include 4GB of RAM behind its 10.1-inch touch-sensitive display.
That screen bears a second look: according to the leaked documents, Dell's aiming for a 1920x1080 full-HD resolution, which would give the Peju by far the highest resolution display of any tablet currently available. Packing 1080p into a 10.1-inch display would Dell an industry-leading 218 pixels per inch resolution, compared to the iPad 2's 132ppi resolution.
Storage is taken care of thanks to a 64GB or optional 120GB SSD, and while there's no optical drive there's plenty of scope for additional accessories thanks to two USB ports, a mini-VGA output, HDMI, microSD slot, and room for a SIM card for on-the-go 3G and 4G connectivity. 802.11b/g Wi-Fi connectivity is also suggested, although this is more likely to including 802.11n as with Dell's other devices.
The Peju is tipped to include a 1.3 megapixel front-facing webcam for video chat, while a five megapixel webcam on the rear takes reasonable snapshots if you've forgotten to bring a better camera. Input is supported via touch, stylus, or a Bluetooth and USB keyboard accessories available as optional extras.
Interestingly, Dell has opted to revive the concept of a docking station, planning a stand which includes a power input socket, three additional USB ports, a gigabit-speed wired Ethernet port, full-size HDMI port, and audio outputs.
The proposed design of the Peju certainly looks impressive: the high-resolution display is covered in anti-glare scratch-proof Corning Gorilla Glass, while a rubber bumper covers the front and part of the rear rear aluminium casing to make the device more comfortable to hold.
At its heart, however, the Peju is still a Windows tablet. It's not the first - and it won't be the last - but sales have traditionally been slow compared to tablets running a dedicated mobile operating system like iOS or Android. Coupled with a rather underwhelming battery - with just six hours of real-world usage per charge, according to the specifications - the Peju could turn out to be an expensive experiment.
So far, Dell hasn't responded to our request for comment on the Peju project. A video of the blog's claims can be seen below.