ZDNet Asia is reporting that ““Dell Enters Tablet Market.Ã¢â‚¬Â Well, we all know it is coming, and there is not much more real news here than we’ve seen before. But at least a Dell rep is talking.
Eric Greffier, the company’s director of client marketing for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, told ZDNet UK that Dell’s delayed entry into the tablet market was timely. “Historically, I do not believe there has been a market for [tablet PCs],” he said. “The convertible format is recent. All three form factors [slate, convertible and hybrid] have been fighting in a small market, and it is clearer now that convertible is the format.”
“We wanted to wait for Vista and the Santa Rosa [Centrino Pro] ultra-low voltage platform,” he added, suggesting that the new platform’s enhanced power management made it possible to “have enough brightness at the LCD level” to make the tablet usable outdoors without overly compromising battery life.
The Dell Tablet PC will be called the Latitude XT.
Image via LesDelliens.com that may or may not be an early mockup. (Hat tip to GBM Forum user robphy on that.)