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VIDEO: A Closer Look at Dell's 7-inch Tablet

During Oracle's OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, Dell CEO Michael Dell revealed the successor to the company's 5-inch Streak tablet. Codenamed "Looking Glass," Dell didn't provide any information about hardware specs or a release date, but our curiosity was definitely piqued.

Today Oracle provided a video clip of the conference, allowing us a closer look at the upcoming Android tablet. Again, there are no specs or even a hint as to when we can expect to see this beauty in stores, but that doesn't mean we're going to turn down the chance to get a look at it up close. From where we're sitting we see a headphone jack, what could be the search, menu and back buttons Android users are so familiar with and a screen lock button.

Rumored specifications for the device are Android 2.1 (aka Éclair), Nvidia's Tegra 2 T20 processor, a 7-inch TFT WVGA display (800 x 480), a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 4GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a microSD slot supporting up to 32 GB, and support for 3G/Wi-Fi/AGPS/TV Tuner connectivity. Word on the street is that the Looking Glass could see a November launch, and considering it's coming with Android 2.1, and not the latest Froyo build, we can't imagine Dell will wait too long before giving this thing an official unveiling.

Check the video below (skip to 1:30 for the goods); blink and you'll miss it though, as Oracle cruelly cuts the demo short at about 2:10. Sad face.

  • milktea
    How could Dell be so cheap giving only 4GB of internal storage? Even a smartphone half the size have minimum of 16GB of internal storage.

    And 1.3 MegaPixel camera is like 10 year old tech.
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  • christopherknapp
    It looks unresponsive. Too bad.
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  • jhansonxi
    milkteaHow could Dell be so cheap giving only 4GB of internal storage? Even a smartphone half the size have minimum of 16GB of internal storage.And 1.3 MegaPixel camera is like 10 year old tech.Small internal storage wouldn't bother me if it could be upgraded easily. I would rather buy my own instead of paying for the manufacturer's high-margin upgrades. I'm not sure about the camera. Since the tablet isn't really meant to be a camera replacement I suspect it will be used more for video calls. Higher resolution cameras don't really help much when you're dealing with bandwidth constraints.
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  • eddieroolz
    I'm not even sure if Streak is out in Canada, and Dell is already planning a successor eh?
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  • dEAne
    wow it's really cool.
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  • jojesa
    I have seen a couple of videos about Windows 7 on tablets (HP, DEll) and the touch response doesn't appear smooth. It takes a couple of swipes for the screen to register.
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  • darkchazz
    Tegra 2
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  • damianrobertjones
    jojesaI have seen a couple of videos about Windows 7 on tablets (HP, DEll) and the touch response doesn't appear smooth. It takes a couple of swipes for the screen to register.
    A couple of videos? Take it from someone that has used and owned a Latitude XT2 and XT, an Archos 9 (With SSD), Acer 1820ptz, Asus R2h and now a Sony UX.... Touch is fine and especially fine with Multi-touch on the Latitude XT2 for typing. Two finger scrolling and gestures on the 1820ptz are also very, very easy.

    Maybe the people on the video are just like you, only just realising that Tablets have been around for MANY years and work well
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  • the_wolf88
    What's the matter with you DELL !!!!

    First streak with andorid 1.6 and now this with 2.1 !!

    What a joke !!

    Is it difficult to release it with Froyo ?!
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  • Transmaniacon
    Ive yet to see a tablet that has the same responsiveness and accuracy as the iPad, I am no apple fanboy by any means, but it just seems silly to release products that aren't up to the standard that apple has set. This, and the slate, all seem sluggish and the scrolling is pretty poor...
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