Desktops and Notebooks: Dell, T-Mobile Design Streak 7 Tablet for 4G Cruising
Dell and T-Mobile have joined forces to produce the 7-inch Streak 7 tablet, specifically designed for T-Mobile's 4G network. Unveiled at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the tablet joins other Android-based devices flooding the market. The Streak 7 will hit store shelves "in coming weeks, according to T-Mobile and Dell, although neither company is yet offering a firm price-point. Adding two inches to the screen-size of the original 5-inch Dell Streak but keeping many of the same hardware and software notes, the Streak 7 is a device whose form-factor seems tailored to compete with other 7-inch Android-based tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab. That being said, though, a handful of rival tablets being unveiled at CES run Android 3.0, which is supposedly optimized for tablets. That means the Streak 7, running Android 2.2, might have to undergo an upgrade in coming months if it wants to stay competitive within this fast-evolving market-something that previously happened with the 5-inch Streak, which had to upgrade from Android 1.6 to 2.2 a few months after its August 2010 release in the United States.