Dell has drawn up grand tablet plans for the next two years, according to a leaked internal document. So what we are likely to see soon from the makers of the Streak 5 and Streak 7 are at least four new tablet PCs: Gallo, Sterling, Opus One, and Silver Oak. Also, both Android and Windows 7 are among the preferred operating systems, though priorities for the two operating systems are different. With Google’s Android, entertainment and general computing tasks are prioritized, while the Windows 7 is being positioned as the operating system for enterprise applicability. So while the four above-mentioned tablets come with Android, there are at least two Windows tablets in the pipeline named Rosemount and Peju.
The first among the tablets to reach consumers will be the Gallo. It’s a 10 inch device running Android 3.0 Honeycomb, making it the first tablet from the Dell stable to come pre-loaded with the first operating system to have been developed exclusively for use in a tablet. The Gallo is likely to be ready during April this year.
Next to come will be the Rosemount that is slated to have a 10 inch 1366 x 768 pixel display. Running Windows 7, the tablet will be ready during the first quarter of the year.
Moving over to the next quarter, the Dell Streak 7 is next, followed by the Sterling running Honeycomb in the fourth quarter. However, it’s not known if the current Streak 7 with upgraded software (Android 3.0) is coming out or if it will be a completely new tablet. Since it’s referred to as Sterling and not Streak 7 is fueling speculation that it will be a new tablet.
In the meantime, the Gallo will have a ‘Handwriting’ upgrade during the fourth quarter that will allow it to recognize individual handwriting.
While this was all about what to expect from Dell during the calendar year 2011, the next year appears to be equally promising as there is the next iteration of Windows, Windows 8. By that time, there will a new version of the Honeycomb as well.
So while there will be the Opus One and Silver Oak lined up for a release during the first quarter of 2012, both running Honeycomb, the sole Windows representative will be Peju. The document mentions Windows 8, though there is some confusion as to whether it’s going to be a new tablet or the 10 inch Rosemount upgraded to Windows 8. The Windows 8 operating system is the Windows equivalent of Honeycomb. It is the first operating system from Microsoft that is being developed for use in tablet devices, unlike Windows 7 which was designed for use in desktop and laptop PCs.
It will be interesting to see what comes out in the end. Not to mention there might also be changes in the schedule, so that what is being shown in the leaked document might turn out to be entirely different from what pans out in reality.
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