Speaking to Reuters in London yesterday, Dell’s chief commercial office Steve Felice said that Dell already has roadmaps in place outlining the launch of new tablets towards the end of 2012.
Felice revealed that Dell is testing Windows 8 tablets, and stressed that the company may yet try again with Android-based slate devices, despite a perceived lack of success with the Android-driven Streak 5, Streak 7 and Streak 10 tablets.
"We're very encouraged by the touch capability we are seeing in the beta versions of Windows 8," said Felice. "We have a roadmap for tablets that we haven't announced yet. You'll see some announcements for the back half of the year. We don't think that this market is closed off in any way."
As to be expected, Felice claimed that Dell’s relationship with business customers will give the company a market advantage over Apple. "On the commercial side there are a lot of concerns about security, interoperability, systems and device management, and I think Dell is in the best position to meet those. When people put their computer to the side and take their iPad with them to travel, you see a lot of compromises being made."