Details emerge on Dell Looking Glass: 7-inch, Android-powered tablet that might be the iPad's toughest competition.

Summary:Engadget has received leaked documents from Dell detailing a 7-inch tablet called Looking Glass that runs the Android OS using an NVidia T20 (or Tegra 2) processor and could provide the type of competition for the iPad that HP's forthcoming Slate tablet may not be able to provide.Dell is positioning the Looking Glass as a big brother to the 5-inch Streak, which is due later this summer.

Engadget has received leaked documents from Dell detailing a 7-inch tablet called Looking Glass that runs the Android OS using an NVidia T20 (or Tegra 2) processor and could provide the type of competition for the iPad that HP's forthcoming Slate tablet may not be able to provide.

Dell is positioning the Looking Glass as a big brother to the 5-inch Streak, which is due later this summer. The Looking Glass differentiates itself from the Apple tablet in a few interesting ways. First, it comes with a sizable 4GB of RAM, includes an SD card slot for additional storage and a 1.3-megapixel camera, and even offers an optional digital TV tuner module so you can watch live TV on the Dell unit. Of course, the leaked marketing materials point out that the Looking Glass runs Flash and supports multitasking.

There are a couple of potential bummers, including a resolution of just 800x480 (the same as the Streak's) and a launch date several months out: November, to be exact. The delay could be related to Dell getting its hands on the new Nvidia mobile processor, which is designed to provide more horsepower for HD video and gaming than Intel's Atom has mustered to date. (In comparison, the Streak is using a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, but also sports a 5-megapixel camera.)

So is the device that can give the iPad a run for its money? Could Dell succeed as the sexy underdog in the fledgling tablet market? Let us know your thoughts (and we know you have plenty) in the TalkBack section.

Topics: iPad, Dell, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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