Dell may be working on convertible netbook tablet, ARM-based netbook

Dell isn’t doing such a great job of keeping their product road maps confidential these days. A few days ago we learned about a new 7 inch tablet called the Looking Glass with an NVIDIA Tegra chip. Engadget published details for three unannounced Dell smartphones. And now Android Central has uncovered a product road map with details for several new machines including a netbook tablet and an ARM based netbook, both due out in 2011.

The convertible netbook tablet is code-named Sparta, while the netbook is called Athens. Both will apparently feature ARM-based processors and 11 inch, TFT displays. They’ll be capable of running Google Android or Moblin Linux, and they’ll be available with optional 3G, WiFi, and Bluetooth.

Aside from that, the only thing we know is that they’ll apparently have 1024 x 768 pixel displays and that the notebook will weigh less than 2 pounds. While we’ve gotten rather accustomed to netbooks with 1024 x 600 pixel screens over the past few years, Apple was onto something when the company decided to go with a 1024 x 768 pixel screen for the iPad. Because when you turn it sideways, you have a 768 x 1024 pixel screen — which is good enough for viewing most web pages. That’s not something you can easily say about a 600 x 1024 pixel screen.

Of course, another solution is to stick with the widescreen format, but use an even higher resolution 1366 x 768 pixel display. But pixels don’t grow on trees, and the goal with most of these products is to keep costs down.

You can find a higher quality version of the leaked product road map at Android Central.

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  • http://twitter.com/turn_self_off turn_self_off

    i do wonder if its controlled leaks to try and take some focus of the apple products.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/Strodtbeck.C Charles

    “Dell isn’t doing such a great job of keeping their product road maps confidential these days.”

    Maybe they finally figured out that building hype, like Apple, is the way to get free publicity. Hey, it's published here isn't it ;)

    I think some of these other companies are finally realizing that “leaks” are the easiest way to get free hype about their products.

  • Sam P

    800 pixels would be better than 768, since a lot of web sites were designed for that as a minimum width; an 11″ 1280×800 display sounds good, I wonder if that's available off the shelf. 12.1″ 1280×800 definitely is, since a lot of 12″ convertible notebooks have that. Though really, I'm much more interested in something smaller than an iPad.

  • ninetynine

    Their 'Sparta' netbook has a funky lookin mechanism to it's screen. Vertical flip inside the bezel?

  • res08hao

    The only thing Dell works on is windows appliances wrapped in cheap plastic.
    Who would be stupid enough to buy a dell phone?

  • http://www.netbookfiles.com/ Netbookfiles.com

    Could it be the beginning of Smartbooks?

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  • kushi purac

    I bought a Dell Mini 9 when it came out, switched the ugly Dellbuntu GNOME desktop for a KDE based Linux and have been happy ever since.

    If I buy another netbook it will be a netbook tablet.
    I even like the name.

    Ever since I saw that Louderback Rev3 video with the U-1, Ive been sold to the idea. But Id rather pay half the price for an ARM tablet and netbook rather than use uneccesary (for me) cpu power of the U-1 (which I wouldnt be able to justify to the wife)

    Best of both worlds.