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Dell Windows 7 Tablet Due This Fall

An unnamed source has reportedly informed Forbes that Dell's 10-inch Windows 7 "Rosemount" tablet won't arrive until the fall, September at the earliest.

Back in February, the company said during an investors meeting that the device would arrive at some point within 2011, possibly during the middle of the year before students return to school. Dell referred to it as a "business-ready" tablet, saying that it's geared for those "who need greater mobility, as well as IT organizations that demand control, security, manageability, and integration with existing infrastructure investments." That said, hitting the market in time for back-to-school shoppers may not be in the books for the upcoming 10-inch tablet.

Based on a leaked Dell tablet roadmap appearing back in February, the company plans to release a Honeycomb-based Dell "Gallo" sometime around April, followed by the Honeycomb-based Dell "Sterling" sometime in Q4 2011. Two additional Android-based tablet will supposedly launch in Q1 2012 including the Dell "Opus One" and the Dell "Silver Oak." If current reports are true regarding Google combining Google TV, Honeycomb and Gingerbread, then these two devices may sport the tablet version of "Ice Cream."

As for Windows-based tablets, the roadmap revealed a mid-May to December launch window for the Dell "Rosemount" featuring Windows 7 and a 1366 x 768 resolution. The tablet will be followed by the Dell "Peju" which will reportedly use Microsoft's Windows 8 platform. Given that, consumers may actually get to see a sample of Dell's Peju in June, as Microsoft is expected to demo the new OS on tablets at that time.

Currently Dell is offering two Android-based Streak tablets which come in "pocket-sized" 5-inch and "family-sized" 7-inch flavors.

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