Dell Plans Second iPad Tablet PC Rival
SAN FRANCISCO - Dell chief executive Michael Dell says the firm will release a second tablet computer to compete in a hot market dominated by Apple's iPad. Dell made the announcement during an on-stage presentation at Oracle's annual OpenWorld conference in San Francisco and gave no details about the gadget, its price or when it would hit the market. The Texas-based company did not respond to a request for more information. Industry insiders believe the new tablet will have a seven-inch touchscreen and run on Android software backed by internet giant Google. Earlier this year, Dell launched an Android-based "Streak" tablet with a five-inch screen and a camera. The devices connect to the internet through Wi-Fi or 3G cellular networks. Streak was for sale at Dell's US website on for US$550, but the price dropped to $300 if buyers opted for two-year service contracts with telecom carrier AT&T. Streak tablets are also sold in Britain. Apple's iPad has a 9.7-inch colour screen. AT&T said that more than half a million iPads have been connected to its network since the device from the California maker of the Macintosh computer, iPhone and iPod went on sale in April. A new Dell tablet would join growing ranks of contenders in a tablet market ignited by the success of the iPad.