Not much is known about Dell’s 10.1in Android tablet and the only glimpse the world had seen of it was when a prototype was displayed for five seconds at CES last month. Last night however we were told that the Streak 10 would come running Honeycomb and could be the same form factor as the 10.1in Windows tablet announced recently.
While we know the Windows version is going to be sold specifically in commercial and business channels, it is likely that the Streak 10, will be a fully-fledged consumer device running the latest and greatest version of the OS. When the original 5in Streak launched it was running Android 1.6 when smartphones at the time were running 2.2. The successor, the Streak 7 also launched with an older version (2.2) when Gingerbread was available on other devices. So getting Honeycomb on this device is obviously a smart move by Dell.
“For tablets, it's Android Honeycomb and Windows, and we have customers with a preference for either one. We can create platforms that share a great degree of hardware commonality that can run both – or either – operating system, and we don't see any other options that are worthy of consideration,” a Dell spokesman said. The announcement also hinted that the Android and Windows devices could have the same shell with only the software differentiating them. The revelations came at an earnings call, which revealed that Dell’s profits had risen from $334 million in Q4 2009 to $978 million in the final quarter of last year on the back of businesses buying new computers and servers.
Dell is obviously going to have a lot of competition in the Android tablet space whenever it comes out with the Streak 10 and having Honeycomb is just the first step. We will know more when Dell reveals more details and we’ll bring you all the information as soon as we know.