Dell has already unveiled plans to introduce tablets running Windows 8 once Microsoft launches the new operating system later this year. Now CEO Michael Dell is providing (a few) more details.
Speaking to investors about the company’s earnings, Dell said that the company will have tablets ready to go as soon as Windows 8 launches.
But it’s worth noting that Dell doesn’t just talk about tablets, he uses the word “touch” a lot in his remarks — which makes sense since Windows 8’s touch capabilities aren’t just for tablets. PC makers are also expected to release notebook and all-in-one desktop computers with capacitive touch panels for use with Windows 8 touch-based gestures.
It should come as no surprise that adding hardware like a touch panel will drive up the cost of a computer. Dell says “we think the touchscreen products will certainly cost more. They’re more in the price points and price bands that we tend to operate in.”
In other words, while exact pricing isn’t available yet, you probably shouldn’t expect a Windows 8 tablet from Dell to compete price-wise with a $199 Android tablet. Dell largely abandoned the Android tablet space last year when the company discontinued the Streak 7 and Streak 5 tablets.