Dell to launch first Windows 8 tablets in Q4, shrugs off Surface competition

by Doug Drinkwater

August 23 2012

Dell's chief financial officer Brian Gladden says the company will launch a variety of Windows 8 tablets
Dell's chief financial officer Brian Gladden says the company will launch a variety of Windows 8 tablets

Dell CFO and senior VP Brian Gladden reassures worried investors that the firm will be making Windows 8 tablets, starting from the fourth quarter of this year.

"You'll see new Windows 8 Ultrabooks, all-in-one tablets and converged devices in the fourth quarter and headed into next year," said Gladden, when speaking during Dell’s Q2 earnings call which revealed a 22% fall in consumer sales.

No-one is really sure what an ‘all-in-one’ tablet is, but presumably it involves some kind of keyboard.

Gladden went onto suggest that Dell will offer something different to Microsoft's own-brand Surface tablet.

"We've spent time talking to Microsoft and understanding sort of how they're thinking about it," said Gladden. "There clearly are opportunities for us, as Windows 8 comes through, in having differentiated products.

"And I think at the same time they have announced the Surface product that would be in the space, we will have products in there, and I think you'll see a diverse set of offerings that take advantage of what Windows 8 brings to market."

Dell has openly admitted for some time that it will make a Windows 8 tablet, with founder Michael Dell confirming in March that its first model would be geared up for business users. The company is also looking to tackle the consumer market once again, too.

The first Windows 8 tablets are expected to debut around October, with Microsoft’s Surface due to go live on October 26. On the same date, Microsoft will make Windows 8 available to the general public.

Windows 8 tablets are available in two versions; Windows RT (based on ARM chipsets) and Windows 8 (Intel architecture). Microsoft has already announced the first vendors for Windows RT.

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