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Monday, January 31, 2011

Surprise: Dell Streak 7 to sell for 200$ with contract, 450$ without one

If you remember, Dell is one of the few manufacturers who managed to bring a tablet in 2010, in their case the Dell Streak 5, an awkward 5 inch tablet which gained little momentum. They're now ready for the second generation, called Dell Streak 7, which is obvious a 7 inch tablet with similar specs as the first one, but with one important change: the Tegra 2 chipset that promises significant performance gains.

Given the fact that Dell wants its second generation tablet to exit the factory as soon as possible, it will ship with Android 2.2 initially, then will be upgraded to 2.3 or even 3.0 Honeycomb when it becomes available. Increasing the form factor means user finally have a real tablet, not an enlarged smartphone like the 5 inch version. This might make consumers buy the Dell Streak 7, as we all know the previous generation wasn't really a success.

And speaking about buying the Dell Streak 7, T-Mobile just announced the February 2nd availability of the tablet and the pricing scheme: 199.99$ with a two-year contract and 450$ unsubsidized. That's pretty impressive, if you ask me, especially since the tablet will use the 4G LTE network from T-Mobile. I'm happy to see that those selling tablets finally realized that for those devices to become mainstream they have to be priced lower than laptops, reaching deep into netbook territory.

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