CES 2011: Dell Rolls Out Streak 7, Venue Smartphone

LAS VEGAS-- Dell joined the parade of vendors showcasing new mobile devices today at the Consumer Electronics Show, unveiling the Android-powered Streak 7 tablet and Venue smartphone for the T-Mobile 4G network.

The new additions make it clear that Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) is serious about transitioning itself away from its core desktop and laptop PC business to capture a piece of the ever-expanding mobile device market.

The 7-inch Streak 7 features a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra T2 processor, Wi-Fi, a 5-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calling, support for Flash 10.1 and runs on the Android 2.2 mobile operating system which will eventually be upgradeable to Honeycomb.

Streak 7 will be available through T-Mobile retail stores and Dell's website in the next few weeks. Company officials did not disclose pricing details.

The 4G Venue smartphone, which will also be available in the next couple weeks from the same outlets, also includes a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra T2 processor, the same camera features at the Streak 7, and also runs on Android 2.2 with full Flash support and Qik Video Chat software via Wi-Fi or T-Mobile's 3G and 4G networks.

Both of the new devices also feature Dell Stage, a user interface overlay that silos users' content and applications into simple categories and tiles to make it easier to access specific applications such as Facebook, Twitter and email.

Larry Barrett is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.


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