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Dell CEO Expects Android Tablets To Surpass iPads, But Not Soon

Computer maker Dell believes that Android based tablets will outsell Apple’s iPad, but not in the immediate future.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal (opens in new tab), Dell's 46 year old founder and CEO Michael Dell gave a vague outline of the company’s future strategy, which largely involves smartphones and tablet PC.

When asked whether he expects Android tablets to outpace Apple’s iPad in the long run, Dell said, “Not tomorrow. Not the next day. But again, if you look at 18 months ago, Android phones were like, "What is that?" And now there are more Android phones than iPhones. I don't see any reason why the same won't occur with Android tablets.”

Dell returned as CEO four years ago, when asked what was the biggest surprise waiting for him when he came back to the business he said, “I'd say [the] rapid rise of the tablet. I didn't completely see that coming,” he admitted.

The company is diversifying from its core PC business and moving into business solutions that involve servers, security and storage.

Dell said that the company was more than a consumer PC marker, adding that only one-third of its profits comes from selling PCs, and that even of that one-third the majority of earnings does not come from the consumer market.