Dell’s 7-inch “Streak 7” Android tablet is due this week from T-Mobile at $200 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two-year contract starting at $25 per month. That’s $50 cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Tab offered through T-Mobile, which is now priced at $250 after being discounted from $400.
It’s nice to see these 7-inch tablets decreasing in price, and the Streak 7’s $200 price tag is especially aggressive right out of the gate. A quick comparison between the Streak 7 and the Galaxy Tab is as follows:
|Dell Streak 7||Samsung Galaxy Tab|
|Price||$200 w/2-year contract||$250 w/2-year contract|
|Operating System||Android 2.2||Android 2.2|
|Processor||Dual-core 1GHz Tegra||1GHz Hummingbird|
|Screen||7-inch 800×480||7-inch 1024×600|
|Storage||16GB (expandable)||16GB (expandable)|
|Cameras||1.3MP front, 5MP rear||1.3MP front, 3MP rear|
|Network||T-Mobile 4G||T-Mobile 3G|
|Dimensions||7.87 x 4.72 x 0.49 in.||7.48 x 4.74 x 0.47 in.|
|Weight||15.87 ounces||13.4 ounces|
So the Dell Streak 7 wins in the price, processor, network (it’s billed as “T-Mobile’s first 4G tablet,”) and camera categories, while the Samsung Galaxy Tab wins in the screen, weight and battery categories.
It wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for T-Mobile to eventually outfit the Galaxy Tab with a 4G-capable chipset and perhaps a faster processor—there’s a 4G version in the works for Verizon that bumps the CPU to 1.2GHz and the rear-facing camera to 5 megapixels—but it’d potentially carry a higher price tag.
The Streak 7’s 800×480 screen resolution is its Achilles heel, as most top-tier smartphones already have screens with resolutions that high or higher. We’ll see if the Streak 7’s $200 price tag is able to compensate for the low screen resolution, though.
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