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

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.

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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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  • The only down I have with it

    The size. Sure it's Apple, and I wouldn't have an Ipad if I won it in a contest. But lets face it. 9.x inches, compared to 5 inches? That's like comparing apples (sorry) to peanuts.

    If I had the money, I'd buy the HP Slate over Dell's way undersized device. I can't even call it a tablet computer.

    - Kc
    kcredden2
    • Stay Tuned

      Stay tuned for other tablets from Dell. Other websites have already published information about them. Expect at least a 7 inch tablet.
      mstrsfty
      • Yeah, it's only SIX months until November.

        By [i]then[/i] people may even have actually seen a HP Slate.
        matthew_maurice
  • How can it be a Looking Glass without a rear-facing camera?

    Doesn't the name Looking Glass imply AR applications?
    How is it going to do that without a rear-facing
    camera?

    The 5" Streak actually looks like the winner as it has
    a rear cameras for AR applications.

    The front-mounted camera will facilitate video
    chat/video phone applications.

    5" is pocketable which the iPad isn't and the 7"
    Looking Glass and others won't be. Although the
    widescreen Archos 7" might fit in big pockets.

    5" is big enough for eBooks reading too.

    Exciting times.
    rlawler
    • A looking glass is a mirror

      A front facing camera would let you see yourself.
      gustafsen@...
  • Small screen, low resolution, low battery, small GUI -- ***FAIL***

    More RAM, SD card slot and camera are not going to make this product competitor to Apple's iPAD at all.

    Multitasking will be already available for iPad by autumn.

    TV-receiver is unnecessary, since Hulu will present iPad application shortly.

    HDTV output is good thing, but iPad needs synchronization with Mac/PC, so HD content can be forwarded to HDTV set right through iTunes without need to load the tablet with this -- and, there are even iPad's remote control applications for that.
    DDERSSS
    • There is one thing that completely outweighs all negative points you make.

      There is no Uncle Jobs telling us what we can and cannot do with our device, and no Uncle Jobs preventing us from watching policitical satire animations. You, know, because HE knows what is best for us and he is doing this out of his unrequenting love for his flock.

      That alone completely outweighs all the benefits of the iPad, unless of course you STILL live at home with your real Dad, in which case Virtual Dad Steve Jobs won't bother you as much as it does the rest of the adult population who value their independance more than a logo.
      Bozzer
      • If one hates "Steven Jobs' "I am your mother"" thing, then jailbreak

        But then again if you want porn on it, then no one, not even Steven Jobs, will prohibit you use Safari browser and watch it. So even jailbreak is not necessary.
        DDERSSS
  • RE: Details emerge on Dell Looking Glass: 7-inch, Android-powered tablet that might be the iPad's toughest competition.

    I'm thinking it's going to be pretty much
    50\50 between the Ipad and the Looking glass.
    downer93
  • "Glass"

    The "glass" part bugs me. To be a good e-reader you don't want the "glass" reflectivity - this is what kills the ipad as a reader (also size and weight). Tablets really need to be good e-readers, especially pocket sized ones.

    The recently leaked Dell products are intriguing.
    Schoolboy Bob