Leaked document reveals Android-running Dell Athens and Sparta netbooks, Looking Glass Pro tablet

Summary:It appears Dell has sprung more leaks than the Titanic. The company's internal documents previously revealed a slew of new mobile devices, including a 7-inch tablet called Looking Glass.

It appears Dell has sprung more leaks than the Titanic. The company's internal documents previously revealed a slew of new mobile devices, including a 7-inch tablet called Looking Glass. Now a timeline has reached the Android Central site that promises two new netbooks and a Pro version of Looking Glass all running Google's OS.

According to the document, Dell is preparing two netbooks, Athens and Sparta, that should be appearing later this year. While both will feature 11-inch screens and an ARM processor, the Sparta model seems to have a swiveling display for some tablet-style action and Athens is labeled as a "true" netbook weighing under 2 pounds. The Looking Glass Pro version comes with an "HD" screen and the digital TV tuner that is optional for the non-Pro Looking Glass.

Engadget points out that based on some of the nomenclature and specs that conflict with other documentation, this leaked slide might be slightly dated, so release dates could be changed and products scrapped altogether. Nonetheless, it shows that Dell is thinking seriously about Android as an alternative to Windows for many of its smaller, more lightweight mobile computing devices.

Topics: Hardware, Dell, 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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