Dell could be the first to release a tablet ready for Windows 8, but leaked details suggest that Dell will launch the tablet in October equipped with Windows 7. The Dell Latitude ST (the more likely official name of the device codenamed 'Peju') faces a challenging array of tablet competitors, but it caters to a different audience.
A website popped up titled Dell Peju Insider, with the subheading "Inside updates from Dell insiders. 10" tablet running windows 7 with all the features you expect from a business tool." It is possible that the site is a complete fake. It is also possible that the site is a marketing ploy. Dell hasn't confirmed the details from the site, but it also hasn't moved to shut it down, so it seems content to let the "leaked" details create buzz about the upcoming tablet.
According to the site, the Dell "Peju" will have a 10.1 inch display like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The tablet will be 0.63 inches thick, and weigh in at just less than two pounds--a tad hefty for a tablet. But, that portly form factor allegedly holds an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and either a 64GB or 120GB SSD for storage.
The "Peju" appears to be called the Latitude ST in the leaked images. It will have Windows 7 Professional installed, but claims to also be Windows 8 compatible. The tablet has two USB ports, mini VGA, HDMI, microSD, audio jack, and a SIM card slot for 3G wireless connectivity. It also has the obligatory front and rear cameras (1.3 megapixel front camera, and 5 megapixel rear). The leaked details claim an impressive six to eight hours of battery life from the Dell tablet.
There is a docking station depicted that props the Latitude ST at an angle as if it is a monitor on the desktop. The docking station has three USB ports, gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, and audio out. The tablet can connect with either a USB or Bluetooth external keyboard (neither of which is included with the tablet or the docking station).
The Dell Peju Insider site claims that we can expect to see this tablet in October. For Dell's sake, let's hope it fares better than the original Dell Streak, or its larger successor--the Dell Streak 7. Hopefully, it will also sell better than previous attempts at Windows-based tablets, like the HP Slate 500.
With a price tag estimated to be near $1000, a device like the Dell Latitude ST is obviously not going to be a serious rival to tablets like the Apple iPad 2, or the HP TouchPad. But, if it combines enough of what makes tablets unique mobile devices, with the right mix of what makes a Windows 7 (or Windows 8) PCs powerful computing platforms, it could find niche success as a workhorse tablet for business professionals.