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Dell Developing 7-Inch Android Tablet

Earlier today, Dell Inc. Chief Executive Michael Dell revealed the company's second tablet, a 7-inch "Looking Glass" model that will run Google's Android OS. Dell teased the new device during the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, however no additional details were provided such as hardware specs or an expected release date.

Dell released its first tablet--the Dell Streak--here in the U.S. just last month. The device sports a 5-inch screen, Google's Android OS, and can even make and receive calls. Currently the device costs $299.99 with a 2-year contract with AT&T. Consumers wanting to purchase the tablet outside the wireless carrier will need to shell out a meaty $549.99 through Dell's online store.

As for the specs on the upcoming 7-inch device, a "leaked" list of features revealed that Looking Glass will supposedly run on Android 2.1 "Eclair" and use Nvidia's Tegra 2 T20 processor. Outside the obvious 7-inch TFT WVGA display (800 x 480), the device will reportedly have a 1.3MP front-facing camera, 4 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, a microSD slot supporting up to 32 GB, and support for 3G/Wi-Fi/AGPS/TV Tuner connectivity.

Additional reports indicate that the Looking Glass tablet may launch in November. Dell also said that the current 5-inch Streak model will be available in Best Buy stores starting October.

  • joytech22
    Now THAT is something i want, It's got good enough hardware to be futureproofed for 2-3 years, and the competition with Samsung's galaxy tab will be awesome!
  • dimar
    anDroid 2.1 , 4 GB of RAM?? Looks like a typo.
  • 800x480 is too low to be usefull on a tablet however. Android 2.1, this is a joke, right? The good news is Tegra 2 + 4GB RAM (I have some doubts about this one)
  • Pyroflea
    That sounds like something that could be pretty cool. Tablets are so large that a small laptop is just as convenient, and infinitely more powerful. I would definitely be interested in something like this however.
  • milktea
    7" with only WVGA 800x480? Is that correct? That's way too out-dated in terms of resolution. The text graphics would be so poor with WVGA on a 7" display. They should at least go to WSVGA or XGA for that screen size.
  • fatedtodie
    do they really have to point out each time you see a tablet (that isn't apple of course because they can't be bothtered to put an microsd slot/regular sdcard slot) with an SDcard or MicroSD that the sd standard supports up to 32GB? I mean why not just put IT SUPPORTS SDHC the standard says the rest and you (the reporter/blogger/little kid) don't look like an idiot.
  • Ehsan w
    "4 GB of RAM"
    Ram is getting that cheap huh?