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An early version of the Streak 5/Mini 5  (Source: PMP Today)

Dell Streak 7 and Streak 10  (Source: Engadget)
Apple won't be the only one with a trendy tablet, soon

With the iPad being a hot topic, many competitors are looking to rush tablet designs to the market.  Microsoft has their much talked about Courier journal-style designAmazon and Google are also reportedly cooking up tablet devices as well.

One set of tablets that have flown mostly under the radar are Dell's upcoming designs.  Dell, currently the third largest computer manufacturer in the U.S., behind HP and Lenovo, is looking to get back on the ball with a trio of tablets.

Recently leaked photos from Dell reveal the Streak tablets to be very sleek and very iPad-like.

The tablets are reportedly called the Streak series.  A 5-in. Streak 5 (formerly known as the Mini 5) will reportedly launch with Dell's Aero smart phone on the AT&T network in June.  The Streak series, like the Aero, will be powered by Google's Android smart phone and MID operating system.

The 7-in. Streak 7 will arrive late this year and the 10-in. Streak 10 will arrive in "early 2011."

The striking visual similarities between the Streak series and the iPad are hard to miss (the Streak series does have 3 buttons on the front frame face, rather than just one).  That surely gives Apple's legal team cause to salivate, but probably makes Apple's sales team a bit unnerved.  After all, by the looks of it Apple isn't going to be the only one with a sleek tablet design for very long.  Let's just hope Dell takes time to quality test the Streak series thoroughly so it can avoid the heat and Wi-Fi issues that have plagued the iPad.


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RE: Update
By theapparition on 4/19/2010 9:36:52 AM , Rating: 3
Sometimes, ideas are ahead of thier time. Failed products can be the result of many reasons, the least of which is actually a poor product.

For example, GM (and other US manufacturers) had a slew of high mileage vehicles (think Geo Metro, et al) and the public soundly rejected them in favor of large SUVs. So they responded by canceling that product line and concentrating on what sold. When that market dried up overnight, they were caught off guard.

More on topic, the PDA's of the late 90's and early 2000's were prime examples of products that were ahead of thier time. My old Dell Axim X51v had decent specs, WiFi, 3D acceleration with full VGA screen, and full multitasking. All released 5years ago (and earlier if you want to consider Palm's devices). Yet it can do most of the things an iPod Touch can.

Granted the newer devices have more features, faster, etc. But you can understand how companies that made products that flopped are somewhat hesitant to get back into that market.


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