Dell may be working on convertible netbook tablet


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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 other Linux-based operating systems, and they’ll be available with opitonal 3G, WiFi, and Bluetooth.

Aside from that, the only thing we know is that they’ll apparently have 1024 x 768 pixel displays. 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.