7" Streak: Another Mini-Tablet Challenges iPad
Following on the releases of the 7-inch Galaxy Tab
"mini-iPads," Dell is apparently ready to ship a 7-inch version of its Streak tablet. The president of Dell's Greater China division said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal
that the Streak will be available "very, very soon." The larger tablet was briefly shown off
by company CEO Michael Dell at an Oracle conference last week.
The 5-inch Dell Streak was launched last month
, and is basically a large GSM cell phone running Android 1.6. The size of the screen and outdated OS has been a hindrance to its acceptance as a true tablet, but Dell led with the device as it worked on larger variants. Dell Greater China President Amit Midha says that the 7-inch tablet which "was showed off at Oracle World by Michael [Dell] last week" will be "launching very, very soon—within the next few weeks." He also said that a 3-inch micro-mini-tablet would be out "very much in the near future," and that a 10-inch tablet will launch in six to twelve months. The 10-inch device is the first announced product in the iPad's form factor, and is hotly anticipated.
Midha said that the 7-inch tablet will run Android - though he was not specific about which version - and that some future, unnamed Dell tablets would be able to run Windows. No price was announced, but the 5-inch model costs $299 US with a two-year AT&T contract, and $549 outright, so it's going to be well above that price point. In addition to the 3, 5, 7, and 10-inch models, Midha indicated that a 4-inch version would one day be available as well.
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