Responding to media speculation about its tablet plans, Dell has officially announced its intentions for the Android-based Dell Streak 10 Pro, as well as its Windows 7 business tablet.
While American consumers and tech media have both been anticipating the Streak 10 (and to a lesser extent the Windows 7 Latitude) for a while now, Dell will not be retailing the devices anywhere in the West.
Instead, the Streak 10 Pro and a Windows 7 tablet (not specifically named, but prospectively the “Latitude”) will be heading exclusively to China, a country that Dell says presents “tremendous growth and opportunity to Dell as a company.”
Dell says that it “remain[s] committed to the tablet space,” but tempered this sentiment by touting the greater importance laptops and desktops hold for the manufacturer. Dell has not been particularly successful in the tablet market so far. Its Dell Streak 7, while not a bona fide bust, received a lukewarm critical reception.
Anyone Streak enthusiasts who might be in the neighborhood can expect the Streak 10 to reach China later this summer. Dell has not set a more specific date range, nor has it commented on potential pricing for either the Streak 10 Pro or the Windows 7 tablet. Dell claims there are more than 10,000 retail locations in China that carry Dell products, and that they will feature the devices when they arrive.
Regarding the possibility of there ever being a U.S. or European release, Dell said: “We will evaluate other regions and segments in the second half of 2011.”