Dell and T-Mobile unveiled a 7-inch Android 2.2-based tablet, the Streak 7, during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS-Dell and T-Mobile joined the tablet fray at the
2011 International Consumer Electronics Show with Streak 7 tablet, specifically
designed for T-Mobile's 4G network.
The Streak 7, unveiled Jan. 6, features a 7-inch WVGA
multi-touch screen fronted with ultra-tough Gorilla Glass, and runs Android 2.2
on a dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. It includes full support for
Adobe Flash and front- and rear-facing cameras, and a series of pre-loaded
applications such as T-Mobile TV and online-newsstand Zinio.
That front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera comes preloaded with
the Qik video-chat application for video conferencing over T-Mobile's network
or WiFi. The rear 5-megapixel camera allows both still-image and video
The Streak 7 joins Dell's
5-inch Streak tablet
, which arrived in U.S. stores in August 2010. Early
reviews picked at the Streak's Android 1.6 operating system, which seemed
antiquated given the rapid pace of Android development; Dell waited a few
months before pushing through the Streak's Android 2.2 ("Froyo") update,
bringing the device onto the same level as other Android tablets.
For those who felt the original Streak was either too large
for a smartphone or too small for a tablet, the Streak 7 offers a screen
comparable in size to marketplace rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab and
Research In Motion's upcoming 7-inch PlayBook.
That being said, many of the upcoming tablets previewed at
CES will utilize Android 3.0 ("Honeycomb"), which is supposedly optimized for
the tablet form-factor. Motorola is showing off the Xoom, a 10.1-inch tablet
running Android 3.0 on the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor. Toshiba also has
an Android 3.0 tablet in the works for release later in 2011.
In the enterprise space, Dell and T-Mobile will find
themselves locked in competition with RIM's PlayBook, also on display at CES.
And all these tablet manufacturers face a sizable opponent in the form of
Apple's iPad, the next version of which could be released within the next few
In September 2010, CEO Michael Dell had offered a sneak peek
at a 7-inch tablet during Oracle OpenWorld, but remained tight-lipped about
specs or a possible release date. "Michael made the point that devices are changing
and evolving rapidly to keep up with the way users want to get their
data-anytime, anywhere," read a Sept. 22 posting on Dell's corporate blog, Direct2Dell
With Dell and T-Mobile promising the Streak 7 will hit store
shelves "in the coming weeks," that time for Dell's tablet evolution is
evidently at hand. The actual sticker price of that future, however, remains undisclosed.