Hands-on With the Tegra 2-powered Dell Streak 7

Tablets are the big thing at CES this year, and Dell was joining the fray in the 7-inch tablet space with the freshly announced Streak 7 tablet running Android.

The announcement was done by both Dell and T-Mobile as the mobile company will make it first 4G capable tablet for its network.

Tegra 2 will be powering this one, making it significantly more capable than its smaller sibling, the Streak 5. It also has a rear-facing 5 megapixel camera for high-definition stills and video recording as well as a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera with the preloaded Qik Video Chat.

The screen, while being made with Gorilla Glass, has the same 800 x 480 resolution as the Streak 5, giving it lower pixel density. It also goes without the phone component, which isn't really a bad thing considering that holding a 7-inch slate up to your face could be a little strange. Still, it'd be nice to have the option of being able to make voice calls.

Dell's custom interface for Android 2.2 Froyo is called Stage, in line with the company's other customizations. Later this year, Dell will add syncing to Stage so people can keep their photos, contacts, calendars and other personal content synchronized across their Dell Stage-equipped devices.

The full specs:

* Brilliant seven-inch WVGA (TFT) touch screen display with Gorilla Glass
* Android 2.2 (Froyo) with Android Market
* Qik video chat with built-in front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam
* Stage User Interface – easy access to the stuff you care about
* Built-in support for T-Mobile's 4G mobile broadband network and Wi-Fi
* Dual core 1Ghz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
* SMS/MMS, SWYPE® virtual keyboard and stereo Bluetooth 2.1 capable
* Support for Adobe® Flash® Player
* Support for Microsoft® Exchange e-mail, contacts and calendar
* 16 GB of internal memory and SD Card slot with support for expandable memory up to 32 GB
* Dimensions: 7.87" x 4.72" x 0.49"

Check out our quick hands-on with the Stage interface.

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  • I just ordered the Toshiba AC100, it's similar to this in spec's except it's running android 2.1, doesn't have a touch screen (it's a netbook with Tegra 2), and doesn't have google app store.

    Why do they always remove the app store.. i wish i waited for this instead.
  • That was a crappy demo video. Flipping through the apps, and opening and closing one app without actually using it does nothing to demonstrate how capable the tablet is. What's wrong? Too afraid to actually test it publicly?
  • would rather have a custom version of 3.0 or the streak 5 with 2.2. They brought the mini 5 to the market with 1.6 and still haven't got a working update to 2.1 Like Sony I don't trust Dell to roll updates timely or effectively.