Dell Kills Off Android Tablet Range, Favours 2-In-1 Devices Instead

Slate tablets are becoming a niche product in the business space and 2-In-1 computers will become the preferred mobility device many workplaces, according to Dell. With that in mind, the computing vendor will be discontinuing its Venue Android tablets range. Here are the details.

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Considering how oversaturated the tablets space is, Dell’s announcement that it is ditching its Venue Android tablet line is not that surprising. Tablet sales are waning and there are plenty of cheap Android tablets flooding the market. In a blog post, the company justified its decision, claiming slate tablets just don’t provide the same level of productivity as 2-in-1 computers.

Kirk Schell, Dell vice president and general manager for commercial client solutions, said in the post:
“While there will always be a need for niche devices and certain features for specific computing tasks, we’ve found that the lack of productivity delivered by slate tablets are forcing people to leave them at home, and instead continue to use PCs to get real work done. More specifically, we believe 2-in-1s are starting to become the preferred device for those in the workplace who occasionally want to operate the device in tablet mode, which is why we’re continuing to invest in the space, while beginning to divest from the slate tablet market.”

Current owners of a Dell Venue Android tablet will miss out on further software updates and operating system upgrades. Dell will continue its Windows-based Venue tablet range.

Do you think slate PCs are becoming irrelevant in the workplace? Do you use a tablet for your job? Let us know in the comments.

[Via Dell Future Ready Workforce/PC World]

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