Dell's Android Tablet

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 09-24-2010
Dell plans on releasing a 7-inch tablet PC, powered by Google Android, as a follow-up to the recently released Streak. CEO Michael Dell offered a sneak peek of the new device during a Sept. 22 presentation at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, but remained tight-lipped about specs or a possible release date.

Dell's other tablet PC, the 5-inch Streak, sells for $299 with a two-year AT&T contract, and $549.99 unlocked. The Streak was evidently just the beginning of the company's push into the burgeoning consumer tablet market: In a Sept. 14 presentation at the Intel Developer Forum, company executive David Zavelson showed off the 10-inch Inspiron Duo, which can be used as either a tablet or a netbook. Dell plans on using a dual-core Atom chip for the device.

Apple's enormous sales success with the iPad has led other manufacturers to pursue their own tablets. Samsung is preparing to launch the 7-inch Galaxy Tab on four different carriers by the end of 2010, and Hewlett-Packard is reportedly building tablets that run its recently acquired Palm webOS and Windows 7. Recent reports also suggest that Research In Motion is prepping a BlackBerry tablet PCâ€"allegedly named the BlackPadâ€"with functionality geared toward business users.

For more, read the eWeek article, Dell Android Tablet Shown Off at Oracle OpenWorld.