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Dell says 10-inch Windows tablet won't be ready until autumn

Still likely to be out before Windows 8, but you'll have to wait a bit longer for the 'business-ready' slate from Dell to make its debut.

Dell's 10-inch Windows 7 tablet is unlikely to go on sale until this autumn, despite having been first shown off (admittedly in dummy form) in February this year. The autumn claim comes from a company source via Forbes, although it has no further details on why the device is taking so long to come out.

The good news? Its Android equivalent will be released in the summer, as Dell joins battle with dozens of rival devices running the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS. That's according to a separate report on Forbes, which is adopting a divide and conquer approach with its Dell rumours this week.

The two tabs may be pitched differently, with the Windows model expected to target corporate buyers. Remember that oh-so-enticing blurb from its original reveal? "Dell's tablet will empower a more mobile workforce in a way that offers customers the business applications and corporate data they need, while meeting regulatory mandates and IT requirements." Yum.

With Dell never having announced a release date for its Windows 7 tablet, does this week's news count as a delay? Actually, yes. A roadmap that leaked out of Dell in February listed the tablet with the codename Rosemount, and a projected release date of June. No specs are public on the device, beyond that roadmap's mention of a screen resolution of 1,366x760 pixels.

The same document suggested that the Android 3.0 tablet -- codenamed Gallo -- would appear in April, but that now appears to have slipped to summer. The roadmap mentioned three other Honeycomb slates on the way -- Sterling in October, and Opus One and Silver Oak in January -- with a Windows 8 tablet codenamed Peju on the way in January 2012.

Dell has been talking up its tablet plans and disparaging Apple's iPads, with exec Andy Lark making headlines in March when he said, "Apple is great if you've got a lot of money and live on an island. It's not so great if you have to exist in a diverse, open, connected enterprise; simple things become quite complex."