Dell's business-focused Streak Pro, which will offer a 10.1-inch screen and Android "Honeycomb" OS, will hit the shelves in June, according to several reports.
Dell is set to roll out its newest tablet, the business-focused 10.1-inch
Streak Pro, in June, according to reports.
tablet, which will run Google's Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" operating system, will
join a long list of media tablets set to roll out during the summer as a
growing number of vendors look to gain traction in the rapidly growing tablet
space currently dominated by Apple's iPad.
new device will be Dell's third tablet, joining the Streak-which offers a
5-inch screen-and the 7-inch Streak 7. Earlier reports had Dell's Streak Pro
being powered by Nvidia's Tegra 2 T2 5 SoC (system on a chip), which among
other things is 3D-capable. However, according to a May 19 report
, the device will be powered by a slower Nvidia chip, the
1.0GHz Tegra 2 T20, which does not have the 3D capabilities.
Streak Pro will offer a 1280 x 800 touch screen and weigh 1.59 pounds,
according to reports. It will offer models with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB flash
memory, a 5-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel camera on the front, will
include Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities, and will come in a number of colors,
including black, blue, red and pink.
accessories include an in-car changer, a "productivity dock" and a folding
cover with an integrated keyboard.
is one of several vendors that wants in on a tablet space that market research
firm Gartner has said will grow from almost 70 million in sales this year to
294 million in 2015. The challengers to Apple are coming from both the PC
world-Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Acer, for example-and the smartphone space,
including BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion, Motorola and Samsung.
Dell and HP, tablets are a way of expanding their reach in the industry beyond
the PC. On May 17, executives with both companies, while announcing quarterly
earnings, said they saw revenue drops
in their consumer PC businesses
, though sales of their commercial PC units
were healthy. Analysts have debated the impact of tablets on sales of
traditional laptops. Forrester Research analyst Sarah Rotman Epps, in a May
17 blog post
, said tablets were part of the problem facing Dell, HP and
Acer, but not the biggest.
cannibalization is only a minor contributor to soft PC sales," Epps wrote. "
bigger factor is the Windows release cycle-so many consumers bought new PCs
when Windows 7 came out, and without a new version of Windows this year, there
isn't the same catalyst to buy."
a May 17 conference call with analysts and journalist to announce his company's
CEO Michael Dell
questioned whether tablets would see high adoptions rates
in businesses. Dell said that tablets are the third device choice-after
smartphones and PCs-"and you can't find a lot of companies that are going to
have three devices for all of their users. ... We're not seeing tablets replacing
the smartphone or the PC in large numbers in organizations."
CEO Leo Apotheker, in his earnings conference call, said his company has felt
the impact of smartphone and tablet sales on the consumer PC business, and
reiterated the company's intent to roll out its webOS-based TouchPad this summer.