Just this morning on the podcast, we were wondering where all the smartbooks are, but the question could easily apply to consumer tablets too. Microsoft and HP jointly announced a slate at the Consumer Electronics Show, but the product isn’t available yet. Add Dell to the list with a pair of Streak tablets found by Engadget. We probably won’t see them for months either, but it looks like these devices will run on Google Android, along with a custom Dell interface like Dell’s Aero phone.
Aside from the sizes of 7″ and 10″, there isn’t much else to know at the moment. Unlike Apple’s iPad, both tablets look to have a widescreen aspect ratio — that sounds good for video, but I’m wondering how the narrow width will handle a web site in portrait mode. Given the solid Android browser, it’s probably not a concern, but I prefer not to zoom when possible. My other hope is that these slates aren’t hobbled by restrictions on the Android Market and other Google services — I’ve pointed that out before by saying that Google is missing an opportunity in this market. Hopefully, that’s a non-issue and these tablets streak to market soon.
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