Dell is working on new Windows RT tablets, maybe even a Kindle Fire rival

by Doug Drinkwater

April 16 2013

Dell will work on "future generations" of the XPS 10, according to Neil Hand
Dell will work on "future generations" of the XPS 10, according to Neil Hand

For all those reports on poor Surface RT sales and of vendors discounting their Windows RT tablets, Dell hints that it will launch more ARM-powered Windows 8 tablets -- and maybe even a Kindle Fire rival -- in future.

Speaking to IDG News, Dell vice president Neil Hand confirmed that the company remains committed to Windows RT (the version of Windows 8 that runs on ARM processors) but admitted that demand for the operating system had been slower than expected.

"It's turned slower than we were hoping at this point in time," said Hand, before adding that Dell is working on “future generations” of the XPS 10, its 10-inch Windows RT tablet. Dell was recently one of three vendors to cut prices on Windows RT tablets.

Much like its rivals though, Dell does also offer “pure” Windows 8 tablets in the form of the Latitude 10, and could even decide to jump back into the low-end Android market, if Hand’s recent comments are anything to go by.

Despite the Texas-based firm failing miserably with the 5-inch, 7-inch and 10-inch Streak tablets, Hand – who spoke at TabTimes’ TabletBiz conference last November --  told the source that Dell is “closely watching” the consumer response to HP’s $169 Slate 7.

The HP exec declined to say if Dell tablets would fall below $200, thereby competing with the likes of Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s Nexus 7, but did add that the firm will “respond to market needs”.

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