Dell really hasn’t had much luck in recent years with smartphone and tablets. The company was once a heavyweight back in the Windows Mobile days, but its portable offerings have really hit tough times lately. The Dell Streak was one of the first products we could call a phablet, yet it never really caught on, a fate shared with the Dell Venue and Venue Pro, leading to their cancellation last year. Since then, we’ve seen a couple tablets from the company, and now we’re hearing a little about what’s next for Dell; it looks like the name of the game is going to be “even more Windows tablets.”
Anticipating the nearing release of Windows 8.1, Dell has confirmed plans for the release of several tablets running the OS before the year’s out. While the company itself isn’t talking details just yet, supply chain rumors suggest it’s working on at least two models, one an eight-incher, and one a larger 10.6-inch tablet.
Beyond that, though, we’re currently at a loss; RT or full-blown Windows? SoCs, storage – they’re still very much unknowns. Even without much to go on, there’s reason to be hopeful; working with Windows is Dell’s forte, and maybe keeping things simple like this – just tablets, no smartphone distractions – could help the company as it tries to restore its mobile cred. Building off the experience it got with the Latitude 10 (above) and XPS 10 tablets could mean some more impressive showings this time around.