updated 10:05 am EDT, Wed September 29, 2010
Dell says 7-inch Android tablet ships soon
Dell's mainland China President Amit Midha today said the company's seven-inch Android tablet would ship much sooner than expected. The slate should arrive sometime in the "next few weeks" for an unknown price. A well-known 10-inch model should arrive within six to 12 months, he also told Dow Jones.
There will also be three-, four- and secondary 10-inch devices coming, with the three-inch device coming roughly at the same time as the seven-inch Android hardware. Some of these will be using Windows, Midha said. One of these should be the four-inch Lightning, a Windows Phone 7 vertical slider.
Chrome OS is still only being considered, the executive added.
The release schedule is much faster than for the Streak and suggests much more active interest in tablets than for much of the past year. The five-inch device was shown to us in January but only shipped seven months later, still using the same Android 1.6 release that it had when it appeared at the CES technology expo. A much faster seven-inch release would help stem the effect of the iPad, which was unveiled after the Streak but still managed to ship over four months earlier.