Come this October, Dell might have the most powerful tablet on the market. At least, that's what its Peju code-named tablet running Windows 8 looks like on paper.
On the tablet front, Dell's been relatively silent. It tried to skip ahead of the tablet pack with its Android-powered Streak 5 and Streak 7 mini tablets, but for some reason, those devices never clicked with buyers. The Streak 5 like an oversized Android smartphone and the Streak 7, well, hardly anybody even heard about it.
Legitimate or not, word has it that Dell will release a 10-inch (1920 x 1080 resolution) tablet with an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, 64 or 128GB SSD, two USB ports, HDMI, mini VGA, microSD card slot, 1.3-megapixel front cam, 5-megapixel rear cam, and a 3G or 4G modem. iPad be damned!
The Peju will run on top of Windows 7 (upgradable to Windows 8) and last for about six to eight hours and weigh 1.9 pounds.
Does the Peju sound familiar? It sure does. It's as if Dell hasn't paid any attention to what Apple's iPad, Android's Honeycomb 3.0 tablets and RIM's BlackBerry Playbook have been doing, which is not cram a traditional PC into a slate-form device, but build a device that's mobile and tailor-made for touch. Choosing Windows 8 and its touchscreen friendly elements is a start, though.
While it can be argued that Dell might be going after the business-oriented tablet toter with the rumored Peju (it packs enough ports for getting *real* work done), the savvy young suit might disagree. Nobody wants to lug around a tablet that's on the fat side, no matter how beefy its CPU is.