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

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.

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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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  • chrome

    wasn't chrome supposed to be the windows killer in netbooks? what ever
    happened to that?
    banned from zdnet again and again
    • Give them time, how many YEARS did MS take to produce the Vista turd.

      NT.
      DonnieBoy
      • So you agree that Chrome is just another turd

        from the village idiots that gave us "Buzz"?
        GuidingLight
        • No, just saying that, compared to Vista, Chrome has not been under

          development very long at all. And, it has not
          been released yet.

          Nothing could be a bad as Vista though.
          DonnieBoy
      • What happened to your spirits?

        Didn't you mention Chrome OS readiness for production at one point?
        What happened, why are you saying now that chrome is also a turd? Did
        you get any insider documentation that shows chrome os is a turd?

        --Ram--
        Ram U
        • Compared to Vista, Chrome OS been under development for the blink of an eye

          Be patient my friend. Give them two blinks.
          DonnieBoy
      • What?

        What does Vista have to do with this?
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
        • Well, somebody was complaining about how long it was taking to get

          Chrome OS to market. Compared to the time it
          took to get Vista out the door, is has been the
          blink of an eye.
          DonnieBoy
    • Chrome is fail

      Everyone knows that. I ain't going near that thing at all.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • Wait until it ships. Speaking of products that have shipped that we KNOW

        have failed, Vista tops the list.
        DonnieBoy
        • Chrome is a *GOOGLE* cloud OS

          Apparently that means nothing to you.


          Vista actually fared quite well for how much it was "hated".
          The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • Hey, maybe Windows Mobile will take over the tablet world.

    You never know, the airheads working on Win
    Mobile might suddenly turn brilliant.
    DonnieBoy
    • yeah like half baked buzz. n/t

      nt
      Ram U
      • There will not be much buzz around Win Mobile for tablets!!!

        You are right!!
        DonnieBoy
    • Chuckle

      Remember Windows ME?
      rhonin
    • Two words - Microsoft Bob

      NT
      ricegf
  • RE: Leaked document reveals Android-running Dell Athens and Sparta netbooks, Looking Glass Pro tablet

    Thank the stars!
    sir4taye@...
  • RE: Leaked document reveals Android-running Dell Athens and Sparta netbooks, Looking Glass Pro tablet

    Android and Chrome are different animals. I believe Sean
    said the leak indicates Android - not Chrome.
    johnkirksimon@...
    • True, Chrome OS is not released yet, and Android is probably a lot more

      appropriate for a tablet interface.

      It will be interesting where Chrome and Android
      get used. I would not be surprised to see the
      same Java based application store available for
      Chrome OS. Of course the apps would have to be
      written for larger screens.
      DonnieBoy
      • Chrome OS is not released yet

        If you wanted a tablet that connects to the internet and has no internal memory for programs - LIKE THE iPad - wait for Chrome. If you want a tablet that works get the TouchSmart from HP running Win7 64bit. The tablet has a pen for handwriting and the touch enabled screen allows me to run just about any program - including the internet - with my fingers (and they are fat) OR I can turn it around and use the keyboard like any laptop. 4 Gig of ram and a 500G HDD. I use Microsoft reader for my ebooks that reads pdf, lit and word and no DRM as to what books I have that I want to use with Reader. I really don't think Chrome is going to be a viable OS for anything other than an small tablet used for consuming media - LIKE THE iPad - :-)
        bvonr@...