A prototype that’s lounging around within Dell’s top secret labs, a 7-inch slate that’s adorned with a slide-out keyboard. Said keyboard, however, is hardly typical it’s rocking a split-key design that’s not at all dissimilar to the virtual layouts recently showcased within iOS 5 and Windows 8.
According to Smith, Dell is working on multiple concept tablets, including one with removable screen like the Asus Transformer, but currently only the prototype with the sliding keyboard is being developed and has a high chance of being launched on the market.
While Dell is not yet sure of what operating system it will provide to the hybrid tablet, Smith said that the company has high expectations for Windows 8.
Even though this might be more than a hint, it is too early to assume that the 7-inch tablet will carry Windows 8 platform, especially that there are so many dual-booting tablets out there that can operate two operating systems.
On related news, the company is in the process of launching its 10-inch Dell Streak Pro tablet globally. Currently, the 10-inch tablet is about to make its official debut in China, but Dell stated that it would be released in Europe and US by the end of the year.
Update: So it turns out that these photos were actually taken by Tweakers, who met up with the crew from Dell’s Austin Design Center to gaze upon this prototype tablet earlier this week. Tweakers says that the concept is about three to four years old, and it eventually led to the development of the eccentric Inspiron Duo. Unsurprisingly, Dell also confirmed to us that this device will never make it to the market; but of course, there’s still the Streak 10 Pro Android tablet to look forward to.