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  (Source: Dell)

  (Source: Engadget)
America will have to wait to get the latest and greatest Android tablet

It's taking a while, but Android is slowly doing in the tablet market what it did in the smartphone market -- flood the market with solid entrants, beating competitors on the basis of selection offered.

Joining the ill-fated Xoom from Motorola Solutions Inc. (MSI), the Iconia A500 from Acer Inc. (TPE:2353), the budget-friendly Eee Pad Transformer by ASUSTEK Computer Inc. (TPE:2357), and the bleeding-edge hardware of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 by Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (SEO:005930), is the brand new Dell Streak 10.1 by Dell, Inc. (DELL).

Like the aforementioned competitors, the new Streak model packs a 10.1-inch display and a fresh install of Google Inc.'s (GOOG) tablet operating system, Android 3.1 "Honeycomb".

Unlike the aforementioned competitors, it will be exclusively debuting in China, only later coming to the United States and Europe.  Dell has packed the tablet with basic apps, but due to China's rules, it can't have the Android Market or Google Maps -- a seeming sacrilege.

It's also no slender slab at 13 mm and weighs in at a 727 g, roughly 20 percent more than the iPad 2 by Apple, Inc. (AAPL).  But if you like your tablets like you like your hamburgers -- big and beefy -- you should be able to savor the juicy internals that come inside -- a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 chip, 1GB DDR2 RAM, 16 GB of NAND flash, full-size SDHC, micro-USB, and two megapixel cameras on the front and back.

The package also included a brushed aluminum exterior and 40-pin connector capable docking and connecting to accessories -- like potentially a physical keyboard.  Its 1280x800 pixel resolution is pretty standard for Android, but definitely superior to the iPad 2's lower 1024x768 pixel resolution.

The tablet costs ¥2,999 ($465) -- much less than the Chinese prices on the iPad 2 or rival gadgets.  And it comes with a free 2 GB of cloud storage, courtesy of Dell.

There's no final word yet on the American price or release date (sorry!).




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