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Dell Showcases 10-inch Windows 7 Tablet

Dell has presented a new 10-inch Windows 7 Tablet PC that runs on an Intel processor, a product that was part of a launch comprising of 39 new products, the biggest product launch in the history of the company.

The tablet, which comes with an inch thick bezel won't be available until the middle of the year and Dell only had a non-working mock up version of the computer to show to the press.

There will also be a 10-inch Android tablet which will use the same hardware; Cnet (opens in new tab) notes that none of them will be sold under the Dell Streak brand name.

The Windows tablet is likely to be aimed at the corporate market (possibly with a four-digit retail price) while the Android model may find life very difficult if it has to compete with equivalent ARM-based devices.

Windows-based tablets have inherent issues based on their legacy; Intel processors - even the latest Sandy Bridge ones - are not the most mobile-friendly due to the fact that they come from the desktop environment.

As for Windows 7 Tablet, it requires a significant amount of resources which makes the utilisation of ultra low power, more frugal processors extremely challenging.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.