Head-turning consumer tablets using Intel processors are still mired in to-be-shipped status, leaving the iPad as the sole high-profile 10-inch class consumer product.
Launched in April, the iPad is still racking up impressive sales numbers with. Yet nothing has emerged from the Intel camp of computer makers, comprised of some of the largest computer companies in the world.
The latest "upcoming" tablet is from Dell:. The only shipment information available at this stage is "later this year," according to a statement from Dell at the Intel Developer Forum on Tuesday. The Dell design follows an analogous Lenovo hybrid tablet that was slated to appear in June .
Ironically, a keynote speech at IDF by Renee James, a senior vice president at Intel, was backdropped with a lot of tablet art. But the only real product disclosed in the keynote was a tablet from a relatively obscure European company, 4TIITOO AG. That tablet, based on the MeeGo operating system, will ship "next week," James said.
And Intel's view of the tablet is still relatively indifferent. In acalled the tablet "a wonderful companion device" then added, "but we're not talking specifically (about tablets) because we want to be talking when something is shipping." In other words, there's nothing really to speak of yet.
And Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini has downplayed tablets consistently., Otellini said: "On the scale of the PC industry, they're relatively insignificant." I don't think Apple would agree with that assessment.