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Dell 2011 Android Tablet Roadmap Revealed

Dell may be launching up to six tablets over the next 12 months according to a leaked roadmap which shows that the manufacturer will develop three tablets form factors at the same time.

The roadmap was published by androidcentral (opens in new tab) and shows that the Streak will be the only 5-inch tablet (or smartphone) available for the whole of 2011. We therefore expect a newer version of the tablet to be announced soon as the old one can no longer compete. By this time next year, Dell may release its first Honeycomb smartphone, one named the Opus One.

A seven inch Android tablet named the Streak will also appear soon with a handwriting update being released in the third quarter of 2011. Two Honeycomb tablets (Sterling and Silver Oak) in this particular form factor segment will be introduced in the fourth quarter of this year and the first quarter of next year. We suspect that Sterling will be the Honeycomb-ed "Streak 7" while Silver Oak wll be a different piece of hardware altogether.

In Q2 2011, Dell is also apparently planning a 10-inch Honeycomb tablet, its first ever, one which will be called Gallo and will receive a handwriting update at the end of the year, a feature that indicates that Dell might follow HTC's example and provide with a digitizing pen.

Dell also plans to release one Windows 7 and one Windows 8 tablet in the second half of 2011 and the first half of 2012 respectively.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.