Dell has been showing off an Android OS-based tablet with a 5-inch touchscreen, and has promised to make larger versions. Although no details are available yet, some images of these larger versions have leaked out.
There will be at least two more slate-shaped models from Dell. One will have a 7-inch touchscreen, and the second will sport a 10-inch display.
Pictures of both these models have appeared on the Web, revealing a few details about them.
For example, both will apparently have the same screen resolution, despite their different sizes. The 5-inch version will have a WVGA (800 by 480 pixel) resolution, but it’s not clear what the resolution of the larger models will be.
Not Coming Soon
According to information that leaked out with these images, Dell’s 7-inch model will hit the market late this year.
The 10-inch version isn’t expected to debut until early next year.
The 5-inch version, called the Dell Mini 5, which has been showed off many times in the last few month, will supposedly be released by AT&T this summer.
This source was not able to reveal the prices for any of these upcoming tablet computers.
The goal of tablets is to carve a niche in the market between a laptop and a smartphone. That’s why these products offer features drawn from both – a larger screen to make web browsing and watching movies easier, but without keyboard to save on size and weight.
Companies are turning to smartphone operating systems like Android because hardware requirements are much lower than for a desktop OS. An Android-based tablet could run easily on a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM, a configuration that would choke Microsoft Windows.
There are drawbacks, however; the Android OS does not have the power or flexibility of Microsoft’s desktop OS.