Dell Talks Tablet PC and UMPC in 2007

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It’s about time they’re TALKIN’ TABLET!

On September 12th, Alex Gruzen, General Manager of Dell’s Product Group discussed Dell’s consideration of expanding its popular Latitude notebook computer product line in 2007. At Dell’s recent Technology Day, considerations to offer a Tablet PC and UMPC were spilled as part of the addition of ruggedized notebooks from the world’s largest PC manufacturer.

Dell’s Alex Gruzen

This comes as a surprise to many and yet in contrast an expectation to me. Dell has verbally pushed the Tablet PC platform to the side in the past, however with all the other “big players” (Toshiba, IMB/Lenovo, HP, Gateway, Fujitsu) offering multiple Tablet PC models, Dell has got to come around or lose out on the action.

The best news of all would be to Tablet PC consumers. With the various low-cost custom configuration model typically available on Dell’s notebook products, it is a good bet that an entrance into the Tablet PC market could potentially drive prices down. Additionally, the Tablet PC platform could be thrusted even further as the global recognition of Dell branding would help boost the availability and awareness of all the Tablet PC has to offer.

Here comes my Yoda prediction of the series of events to come (take it for what it’s worth):

1. 2007 Microsoft Windows Vista Release
2. Dell Tablet PCs offered preloaded with Vista
3. Dell discontinues the popular Axim Handheld. A second generation Dell UMPC (preloaded with Vista) hits the market.

It will be fun to see how the events unfold. If I am right, don’t forget you read it right here on If I am wrong perhaps I will find a pile of sand for which to bury my head! In the meantime, stay tuned as we will be watching for further developments.



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