Dell Inc. is expected to start selling a 10-inch Android Honeycomb tablet especially for the Chinese market soon. However, it will have to deal with Samsung's ultra-thin tablet the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which is expected to be launched in China next month.
Dell Streak Pro 10 features a 10.1-inch LCD display with 1280x800 screen resolution. It is powered by an NVIDIA 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 chipset and offers 1GB RAM and 16GB internal memory.
Dell Streak Pro 10 sports a 5MP rear-facing and 2MP front-facing camera. The Wi-Fi only Dell Streak Pro 10 optimizes Google Inc.'s 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 the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 that weighs merely 1.3 pounds and is 0.33-inch thick.
Price-wise, Dell Streak 10 Pro carries a price tag in China of 2,999 Chinese yuan ($465) for the 16 GB version. This is lower than what the Galaxy Tab 10.1 costs: $499 for the 16 GB version and $599 for the 32 GB version.
Here is a look at how Dell Streak 10 Pro features fare with compared to Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1:
Size: The Dell Streak 10 Pro has a dimension of 262.3 x 178 x 12.95 mm and weighs 727 g, while Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has 256.7 x 175.3 x 8.6 mm and weighs 565 g.
Display: Dell Streak's tablet has a 10-inch 1280 x 800 pixels LCD capacitive touchscreen display with Corning's Gorilla glass whereas the Galaxy Tab 10.1 features 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 pixels PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen.
Input features: The input features in Dell Streak 10 Pro are accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, Dell Stage 2.0 UI, multi-touch input method, Dell Divide app, touch-sensitive controls with rotating icons, proximity sensor for auto turn-off and Gyro sensor. And Galaxy Tab 10.1 has TouchWiz UX UI, multi-touch input method, accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, three-axis gyro sensor and touch sensitive controls.
Memory: The memory found in the Dell tablet is 1 GB DDR2 RAM and 16 GB storage capacity with a microSD card slot giving up to 32 GB support, while Galaxy Tab has 1 GB RAM with 16 GB and 32 GB internal storage support.
Operating system: Both the tablets has Android OS version 3.1 (Honeycomb). The Dell tablet has a layer of the latest Stage 2.0 UI and Dell Divide on top of it, which will make it more like using a Dell Latitude laptop. But Galaxy Tab 10.1 has TouchWiz UX UI.
Processor: The Dell Streak 10 Pro tablet has NVIDIA 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 T20 chipset compared to Samsung Galaxy Tab’s dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset processor.
WLAN/Bluetooth/USB: Samsung’s tablet has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band and Wi-Fi hotspot support along with Bluetooth version 3.0 with A2DP and USB version 2.0. The Streak 10 Pro has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n along with Bluetooth version 2.1 with EDR and USB version 2.0.
Camera: The camera in Dell tablet is a 5-megapixel 2592?1944 pixel resolution with flash and autofocus features. But Galaxy Tab 10.1 only has 3.15-megapixel 2048x1536 pixel resolution camera with auto-focus, LED flash and geo-tagging. Both the tablets has 2-megapixel secondary camera for video chat and 1080p video playback capability.
Battery: When it comes to battery, Dell Streak 10 Pro has Li-Ion 24.1 Wh that is expected to give 12 hours of battery life on video playback, whereas Galaxy Tab’s Li-Po 7000 mAh battery giving close to 10 hours of video playback.
Pricing: In China, Dell Streak 10 Pro is priced at 2,999 Chinese yuan ($465) for the 16 GB version. This is lower than what the Galaxy Tab 10.1 costs: $499 for the 16 GB version and $599 for the 32 GB version.
Other Features: The common features found in both these tablets include Email, IM, HTML browser, A-GPS, digital compass, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Talk, YouTube, and Picasa integration.
Few other features found in Dell Streak 10 Pro include Flash, WAP 2.0, Web kit Browser, SMS, MMS, Data only - modular modem, turn-by-turn navigation, voice navigation, Adobe 10.1 Flash compatibility, Android Market, Facebook, Twitter, Accuweather, Swype, Quickoffice, and Radiotime.
Samsung Galaxy Tab has extra features like RSS, Java MIDP emulator, SNS integration, MP4/DivX/Xvid/H.264/H.263 player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/OGG player, organizer, image and video editor, Quickoffice HD editor and viewer, Google Search, Calendar, Adobe Flash 10.2 support, voice memo and swipe predictive text input.
Dell Streak 10 Pro still gets the nod in terms of quality of materials. The brushed aluminum back of the Dell Streak is unbeatable but the Galaxy Tab 10.1-inch is lighter and bit more rugged and little more comfortable to hold.
"Dell will sell the Streak 10 Pro only in China, though the company will continue expanding its mobile product line globally and will use both Android and Windows for future tablets," Michael Tatelman, Dell's vice president of global mobility sales, told The Wall Street Journal.
Tatelman told WSJ that Dell launched the new tablet in China because the country's market is large and Dell has a strong retail network there. He also said Dell is looking for acquisitions of companies with strong technology.