Dell prototype tablet spotted, featuring a slideout split-QWERTY keyboard

Dell prototype tablet spotted, featuring a slideout split-QWERTY keyboard
Engadget got their hands on some pictures of a prototype 7-inch Dell tablet with a very unique form factor. Not only does it have a full slideout QWERTY keyboard, but the keyboard employs a split-key design, as we've seen in the upcoming iOS 5 for the iPad.

What's more, it appears that there might be a touchpad between the two halves of the keyboard, like a notebook. Of course, from the pictures below, you can see the obvious drawback to such a design: added bulk. And as we all know, the iPad has trained consumers to expect a sexy form factor along with their function. And a fat tablet might not survive.

The unidentified tablet also features a rear camera, but that's all we know thus far. Even the lone press still gives us no indication of what OS it will feature. But we think that the press still means Dell is considering bringing this buxom beauty to market. What do you think? Is the keyboard worth the extra thickness?

source: Engadget



1. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

And I would assume that it'll be running either Honeycomb or Windows 8.

2. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

If its not Apple, hp, or rim then its most likely the popular green robot. There is a slight chance its a windows tablet but my money is on Android.

3. Phonecpu unregistered

Why is everything so Apple on phone arena ...for example the first time i've seen this kind of keyboard was on windows 8 presentation ... not that i gave a crap about MS or Apple but the way they praise Apple is annoying .

11. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

okay apple and windows both announced it within days of each other... it looks like apple is going to use it first.... that means apple gets the credit... i can say millions of ideas but if i dont do anything with it i dont get the credit... thats how it works...

12. Haxagon unregistered

No. MS was doing Split-Keyboard UX experience for years.

14. Haxagon

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 13, 2011


4. aries.phills

Posts: 161; Member since: May 17, 2011

If I don't get my hands on Asus 3D, then this will be my next option. Wish it tilts when it slides it out. Allthesame, very cool design for me.

5. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

For people that do any amount of real typing (and know how to type), the thickness won't matter. Since it is a 7-incher, it isn't that big or heavy to start with. Now if they'd just put a Pixel Qi screen on it, that would be a killer ebook reader and very totable web device.

7. Dhou unregistered

Kudos on Phonecpu's comment!! The split keyboard is a Windows 8 feature now ripped off by Apple. I too consider this site to be Apple-sponsored in a very evident -and annoying- way!!

9. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011


13. Haxagon unregistered

Thanks a lot, PA, for NOT MENTIONING that MS has done Split-Keyboard UI research for years, and Apple only copied the use of them. Most of iOS5's features are poor catch-ups of Android and WP7 features, in fact.

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