Dell’s 7-inch Tablet Hits Soon at $200, Competes with Galaxy Tab

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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
Battery 2780mAh 4000mAh

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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