Dell pulls out of Android tablet market in the US, for now

By on December 5, 2011, 2:30 PM

Dell has quietly discontinued the Dell Streak 7 tablet, only a few months after the Dell Streak 5 suffered the same fate. The Streak 7 product page on Dell’s website now shows the tablet is no longer available online.

In a statement to Engadget, Dell all but confirmed the death of the Streak 7 in the US, referring to it in the past tense and reminding the crew that the tablet still remains available in many other markets through retail, distributors and carrier partners such as Optus in Australia. Dell was also quick to point out that the Streak 10 Pro is available in China and the Latitude ST was launched in November for vertical markets like education, finance and healthcare.

The Dell Streak 5 was launched in the summer of 2010 with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth connectivity, 2GB of internal storage, front and rear cameras and a removable battery. The device dropped with Android 1.6 (Donut) and was discontinued in August 2011.

The Streak 7 featured Nvidia’s dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 16GB of internal memory and a front-facing camera. The 7-inch display was treated with Corning’s Gorilla Glass and the unit shipped with Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The Streak 7 was hailed as T-Mobile's first 4G tablet.

With both Streak tablets now gone from the US market, the only tablet left in Dell’s stable is the Windows 7-based Inspiron Duo Tablet PC. The Duo is a dual-purpose netbook / tablet that features a swivel mechanism, allowing you to flip the display for entertainment purposes or keep it in the traditional orientation for more productivity-orientated tasks.

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