Six months after launching a 7-inch Android tablet at CES 2011, computer maker Dell has released a 10-inch Android tablet especially for the Chinese market.
WSJ reported that the tablet from Dell quarters will be called Dell Streak 10 Pro, and is priced at CNY 2,999 ($465). An iPad 2 in China costs CNY 3,688 ($572).
Dell Streak Pro 10 features a 10.1-inch LCD display with 1280x800 screen resolution. It is powered by a NVIDIA 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 chipset and offers 1GB RAM and 16GB internal memory. It sports a 5MP rear-facing and 2MP front-facing cameras. The Wi-Fi only Dell Streak Pro 10 optimizes Android 3.1 or Honeycomb. It also offers 1080p video playback capability.
The tablet weighs 1.6 pounds and is 0.51-inch thick. With these dimensions it is no match for Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 which weighs 1.3 pounds and is 0.33-inch thick while Apple iPad 2 is 0.34-inch thick and weighs 1.3 pounds. However, in its 10.1-inch avatar Dell Streak Pro 10 can compete with the likes of Motorola Xoom, HP TouchPad, Toshiba Thrive and Lenovo's IdeaPad K1 which flaunt similar dimensions.
Dell made its foray in the tablet market in 2010 when it launched its tablet Streak with a 5-inch display. The small screen size had left the industry confused about whether it was it a smartphone or a tablet. The 5-inch Dell Streak is powered by Android 2.2 or Froyo. The tablet is also a full-fledged phone. It sports a WVGA screen with 800x480 screen resolution. It also offers a 5MP rear-facing and VGA front-facing cameras. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor. Dell Streak 5 has 512MB RAM and comes with a 16GB Pre-installed MicroSD. The phone weighs 7.7 oz and is 0.4-inch thick.
After the initial hiccup where the Streak 5 was lost in ambiguity due to its size (it was too big to be a smartphone and too small to be a tablet), Dell launched a 7-inch tablet called Streak 7 in January 2011. Dell Streak 7 sports a 7-inch WVGA screen with 800x480p resolution. It is powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset and offers 16GB of internal storage and has 512MB RAM. It comes fitted with two cameras, a 5MP rear-facing and 1.3MP front-facing camera. It weighs one pound and is 0.49-inch thick.
In February a leaked Dell roadmap for 2011 revealed that it has four tablets lined up for 2011. The roadmap stated that Dell will release an Android Honeycomb tablet Gallo in Q2 and another Honeycomb tablet called Sterling in Q4. Dell Streak 7 is due for an update in Q3. In 2012, Dell will launch two more Android 3.0-based tablets Opus One and Silver Oak in Q1.
Dell with its Streak Pro 10 in China will face Apple's iconic tablet iPad 2. Apple created euphoria in China when it released its iPad 2 in May. Apple Retail stores encountered serpentine queues and a violent scuffle broke out between a customer and an Apple Store employee, leaving four people injured.
However, Apple is not the only competitor that Dell will face in China. It will also meet Samsung's ultra-thin tablet the Galaxy Tab 10.1 which is expected to be launched in China next month. Dell may have to slim down its 10.1-inch offering to meet these svelte beauties from Apple and Samsung.