You would expect Dell, being an American company, to want to bring its products to market on home soil before releasing them further a field. It’s odd then that the company has announced that the official launch of its next tablet will begin in China…
The Dell Streak 10 Pro, a 10-inch honeycomb tablet, is set to land in China this summer but won’t be in the hands of US or UK customers until some time in 2012. Dell’s VP for mobile devices, John Thode, has been chatting to CNET, and justifies the move by suggesting that the US has some ‘barriers to success’ with such devices.
"Things like confusion over what exactly Android is bringing to the table and an immature platform and roll out of devices that weren't quite ready yet,” suggests Thode. He also pointed to US networks dictating tariff prices, which can be harmful to sales.
The tablet, the specs for which include a pair of cameras, 1080p playback and output, SD and USB slots and an NVIDIA Tegra dual-core processor, runs on Android 3.0 – which may be its downfall.
If Dell plans to bring the Streak 10 Pro to the US and Europe in 2012, then it may be too late. The next iteration of Android – Ice Cream Sandiwch – will already be starting to appear on tablets by then, and customers may be loathe to purchase a device with a prior OS.
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