Looks like the Internet Tablet wars is heating up and iPad will have a lot of competition in the coming months. Just within a week of RIM announcing the Blackberry Tablet PlayBook, WSJ is reporting that Dell might also launch their own 7" Tablet shortly.
According to WSJ, Dell CEO Michael Dell had flashed a 7" tablet at the Oracle conference a week ago, however, there was no release date specified for the tablet.
Dell China President Amit Midha confirmed to WSJ that the tablet would be running Android, which is becoming a norm for most of the tablets which are going to be released in the holiday season. However, a Dell tablet might be unlikely this holiday season and may be released within the next 6-12 months.
A few weeks ago, bookies were betting that HTC would be the first to release a tablet in 2010, however, announcements like these might boot that odds at risk. Other than that, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is also making quite a few waves in the industry, and it would be interesting to see who wins in this new and open market of Internet tablets.
Apple does have a strong foothold right now because iPad is the only device selling right now, but with introduction of more devices, iPad might lose that initial glory. Also most of the tablet devices that are announced pack in more features than iPad has and might also be lower priced than it.
Back in January I had predicted several internet tablets, though none of them except for iPad are out yet, I am definitely waiting to see which one I get my hands on.
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