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Government Finally Approve Dell Streak 5 For Official Service.

  • November 1, 2011 3:47 pm

We constantly hear new governments say they’ll be faster, more transparent, and more technologically advanced than the outgoing government. And then stuff like this — official U.S. Government certification for a now discontinued, dead Deal Streak 5 — happens showing they’re just as slow as ever. Seriously, no one cares about the Streak 5 anymore. Then again, maybe that’s why the Gov and Dell worked so hard at it. Less relevance = less security problems, right?

As for the reason for the lengthy delay in the Defense Information System Agency’s testing — no clue. The added protections added to the Streak’s hardware and software aren’t anything out of the ordinary: some basic password protection, remote wiping, and IT policies. Awesome stuff. Too bad they couldn’t have given government employees a device that was actually useful for more than 4 more months.

Dell Leaving The Mobile Space? (Again.)

  • October 7, 2011 5:47 pm

Fans of Dell’s WP7 handsets will want to hold on to what they have for the foreseeable future. According to an article by WPCentral citing a “higher up at Dell”, Dell will not be releasing any new Mango devices for the rest of 2011 or 2012. The same article mentions Dell’s Android ventures are also being severely scaled back.

The news echoes a similar scenario from several years back when Dell decided to step back from the then popular Windows Mobile operating system. For several years Dell was out of the mobile space altogether. Their more recent early adoption of Windows Phone 7 was a new beginning for the company as even when sales peaked with Windows Mobile, the had never really enjoyed much success. As it stands now we’ll be waiting at least another year for “that” standout device that many (ourselves included) expected the Venue Pro to be. The upside, of course, is that by that time we’ll be focusing on Windows Phone 8.

Dell Discontinues Streak 5 Tablet.

  • August 12, 2011 10:49 am

Early adopters of Dell’s grand re-entering into the mobile device market with the Dell Streak 5 will now be relegated to a small, secluded group of people. Today Dell announced the discontinuation of the Streak 5 tablet/gigantor phone. Considering supply has been slowly dwindling away over the past few months, the revelation isn’t that surprising. It’s not all bad though. Dell will still gladly sell you Streak 5 accessories (at full price) and even signs off on the mini-tablet with a heartfelt message (See above).

The current accessories Dell still has available include extra batteries, cases, A/V docks and more.

Any Streak 5 owners disgruntled, distraught, indifferent?

7-Inch Dell Tablet With Split Keyboard Leaks Out.

  • June 8, 2011 9:08 pm

Ok, Dell. This is how you garner attention, hype, and success. You put out truly unique and intriguing products. While we don’t have a name, specs, release, or pricing information on the above tablet you can be damned sure we’re beginning the web crawl as we type.

We’ve always been fans of slide-out keyboards, though the latest crop of large-screened tablets would be awkward and quite unwieldy if they packed a setup like the device pictured here. This mystery device by Dell is certainly a step in the right direction. Stay tuned…

Windows Phone 7 Mango Partners: Where’s Dell?

  • May 24, 2011 2:41 pm

Look back in time to early October when Microsoft took the wraps off of their Windows Phone 7 launch partners. Of the few manufacturers to push out the initial wave of WP7 hardware, Dell’s Venue Pro smartphone was the most intriguing and stylish in our books. It looked every bit as sophisticated as Microsoft boasted WP7 was. And then delay after delay (repeat, etc.) set in, ultimately causing the Venue Pro to hit the market weeks behind schedule. But even now Dell still has problems with the Venue Pro. Are the delays causing internal conflicts between Microsoft and Dell and in turn hurting Mango support?

At today’s Windows Phone 7 Mango preview event, Microsoft listed many current and new hardware manufacturers that will ship devices supporting the upcoming Mango update — except Dell. We’ve reached out to Dell as to whether the lack of Mango support being mentioned was just a fluke or whether the absence signals a more ominous tone for Dell’s WP7 ambitions. We’ll update you as the facts come in…

Hidden Gingerbread Interface Found Lurking In Honeycomb.

  • May 20, 2011 7:04 am

We have quite the obsession with the Android 3.x Honeycomb UI. So much so in fact that we are this close to losing sleep over it not being on Android phones. With that said, we’ve heard many people say they actually can’t stand Honeycomb and would much rather a Gingerbread-esque style be used. Too bad for them that Honeycomb is the tablet OS moving forward.

But true to its claim, Android comes through with a choice yet again. XDA user “graffixnyc” discovered that changing the LCD density to anything above 170 would cause Honeycomb tablets to revert back to a Gingerbread UI. Changing the density back to 160 or less brings things back to stock Honeycomb.

The hack can easily be done yourself on a rooted Honeycomb tablet. In this particular instance, a Dell Streak 7 was used. Though we’re eager to see the hack on other tablets as well. Feeling adventurous? Video of the madness after the break…

10.1″ Dell Streak Details Leak Tegra 2 And LTE!

  • May 18, 2011 9:12 pm

Fellow tech site managed to get their hands on some more concrete information pertaining to Dell’s upcoming 10.1″ Streak tablet. Perhaps slightly disappointing is that the 10.1 Streak tablet won’t feature Nvidia’s faster 1.2GHz T25 chip and instead use the standard fodder — 1GHz T20. Though we’ll admit that’s still plenty fast. Add 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, 5-megapixel rear/2-megapixel front-facing cameras, dual microphones, and capacities in 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB means another high-end tablet is being born.

Several sites have already tossed around the notion that the 10.1″ Streak won’t be all that different from Samsung’s own 10.1″ Galaxy Tab, save for the Streak coming to market quite a bit thicker — 12.9mm to the Galaxy Tab’s 8.6mm. While we hope an even beefier battery is tucked inside, it’s looking like HSPA and LTE radios will be included at launch hence the thicker casing (and yes, perhaps even a bigger battery).

The current release date is rumored to be within the next 1-2 months. We find that hard to believe, however, as AT&T’s LTE is still non-existant. Still, we’ll remain optimistic.

Dell Precision M4600/6600 Info Leaks. Mobile Power Plants Pack A Wallop.

  • April 25, 2011 6:59 pm

Dell runs a leaky ship it seems. After an earlier roadmap leaked detailing Dell’s upcoming tablet endeavors, it is now the company’s Precision line of laptops that is stepping out a bit early.

The newest M4600 mobile workstation is a 15.6″ beast that will accept hardware up to a quad-core Intel Core i7 Extreme 2920M, 32GB of RAM and either a 1 GB AMD FirePro M5950 or 1GB Nvidia Quadro 2000M. Moving things along further with the M6600 brings you all the bells and whistles on the M4600 as well as the option to equip a 2GB AMD FirePro M8900 or 4GB Nvidia Quadro 5010M.

Both laptops will ship with 2 x USB 2.0 and 2 x USB 3.0 ports, eSATA, and IEEE 1394 inputs. Your standard assortment of wired and wireless network protocols are hear as well.

Pricing and release information aren’t available quite yet. Though judging by the power packed within, expect corporate sized expenditures (read: really freakin’ expensive).

Dell Tablet Roadmap Leaks: Windows 7 And Android Living In Harmony.

  • April 25, 2011 3:11 pm

The Dell Streak 5″ tablet/gigantor phone will soon have some larger siblings to play around with. A freshly leaked roadmap via Android Central shows three new tablets — two Windows 7 tablets and one Android offering.

The Android tablet will go by the name “Dell Streak Pro” and carry a 10″ 1200 x 800 display powered by an Nvidia Tegra T25 processor. Currently, the Streak Pro will be WiFi-only. Dell will reportedly overlay their Stage 1.5 UI on top of Android and provide various corporate oriented apps and features.

The two Windows 7 tablets — Latitude ST and Latitude XT-3 — will come in both tablet (former) and convertible tablet/laptop (latter) form factors. The tablet-esque ST will run an Intel Atom Z6xx Oak Trail platform with processors ~1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage. The more traditional XT-3 will feature normal-voltage Sandy Bridge processors, 4GB of RAM, as well as stylus input support.

Pricing and release information for the trio of tablets is not known at the time of writing, though past rumors said June-Fall. Also not known — why Dell is continuing with Windows 7-based tablets when the market has clearly shown thus far that desktop tablets do not sell. Common sense would have Dell focusing exclusive on Android tablets. Nevertheless, we’ll keep you posted…