Dell Inc. (DELL) unveiled three computers based on Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s new Windows 8 software, including a tablet sporting a 10-inch screen for corporate users, a notebook that weighs less than four pounds and an all-in-one desktop.
Dell’s Latitude 10 tablet, set to debut this year for business users, features Intel Corp. (INTC)’s Atom chip and runs Windows 8, which is designed to work better with tablets. The company’s fall lineup will also include the Latitude 6430u laptop, a thin and light Ultrabook design, and the OptiPlex 9010, which houses its electronics, power supply and 23-inch touch screen inside one chassis.
Dell and other personal-computer makers are counting on Windows 8 to jog anemic growth as consumers and businesses increasingly opt for Apple Inc.’s iPad and other tablets. Global PC shipments this year may increase just 1 percent to 367 million units, market researcher IDC said last month, down from a previous projection of 5 percent growth.
Dell, whose own PC sales declined 14 percent in the fiscal second quarter, said its Windows 8 tablet for businesses will be available this year. No. 1 PC maker Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) has said its Windows 8 tablet for businesses may not be available until January.
“We’re already sampling to customers -- we will ship this year,” said Neil Hand, a Dell vice president of product marketing, at a demonstration of new Windows 8 devices in San Francisco.
The Latitude 10 includes options for a longer-lasting battery and a dock featuring additional ports for connecting to printers, screens and other equipment Hand said. The 6430u Ultrabook features a 14-inch screen, replaceable battery and optional wireless docking system for use in an office.
The all-in-one OptiPlex 9010 desktop machine can be placed on a desk or mounted on a wall, Hand said.
Last month at a Berlin trade show, Dell showed off several other devices based on the new Windows operating system. The Round Rock, Texas-based company previewed a tablet based on Windows RT software -- a version of Windows designed for chips running ARM Holdings Plc (ARM)’s technology -- as well as an Intel- based convertible Windows 8 tablet that flips around to reveal a keyboard.
Dell shares fell 1.3 percent yesterday to $10.57 at yesterday’s close in New York. The stock has fallen 28 percent this year.
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