ROUND ROCK, Tex. (
is rumored to be planning its entry into the
market, unveiling an Android-based device at next month's Consumer Electronics Show.
The Web site,
, reports that Dell is preparing to launch a tablet with a 5-inch screen at the Las Vegas event. Citing multiple "black ops sources," Pocket-lint says that the device will run
operating system and will compete with
Internet tablet and the soon-to-be-launched JooJoo from
Tablets are big news at the moment, with
readying its own
version. Oppenheimer analyst Yair Reiner recently said that an Apple 10-inch touchscreen e-book could arrive as early as March, citing information from suppliers.
Apple's tablet, known as the iPad, is geared as a
according to Reiner, who says that Apple will produce one million units a month.
If Dell unveils a tablet in January, it would get a head start over Apple, which is rumored to be eyeing a February launch for the iPad.
Dell has not yet responded to
request for comment, although the No. 3 computer maker needs a PC boost. The tech giant recently posted weak
numbers and faces stiff competition from
The Texas firm is no stranger to Android and recently launched a
, the Mini 3, which is based on Google's operating system.
Google, for its part, is on a mission to extend
its traditional search business into areas such as
Dell shares closed up 11 cents, or 0.84%, on Thursday.
-- Reported by James Rogers in New York