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Either it's 2008 and the Windows-running Gigabyte M704 UMPC just got some better-looking competition, or Dell is about to do something pretty interesting in the Android slate space.

Behind closed doors, the company has been working on a 7-inch slider with a split keyboard that calls to mind what many of us UMPC old timers remember on the Pepper Pad 3 and Wibrain B1H. The keypads on the render above and real-life photo below don't hold any clues as to what operating system may be planned for the mysterious prototype (i.e., no Windows key or Android buttons), but a relatively thin bezel, rear and front cameras, and a curved back that could hold a kickstand—what's that horizontal line going through the Dell logo and the thicker-looking bottom edge of what could be the battery cover in the render?—are enough to whet our appetites for now.

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Whether this device will ever be released or the space between the keys will ever be used for more than just the logo remains to be seen.

[Engadget]