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Dell Reveals Specs For the Looking Glass Tablet 174

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adeelarshad82 writes "Dell hasn't officially unveiled its Looking Glass tablet, but it's on record at the FCC. The spec sheets reveal a device with a 7-inch screen, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, and an SD card slot. The Looking Glass will likely be announced at next week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is sure to have no shortage of new tablets. Dell filed the documents for device approval by the FCC on December 17. The Looking Glass is expected to be one of the first devices to pack an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, a powerful chip for mobile devices that can support both typical functions (like e-mail and Web browsing) as well as advanced graphics — all while preserving battery life."
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Dell Reveals Specs For the Looking Glass Tablet

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  • by Toe, The (545098) on Tuesday December 28, 2010 @04:04PM (#34690592)

    Just FYI, a recent business IT survey [investorplace.com] shows interest in iPads stomping all other tablets: about four fifths of companies planning to buy tablets next quarter plan on buying iPads. And it shows satisfaction with iPads vastly outstripping other companies' offerings. (It's also extremely interesting to note that 38% of IT respondants using iPads say they are using them for laptop replacement.)

    In other relevant iPad news, holiday sales numbers seem to show iPads squashing competitors [macobserver.com] in the consumer channel.

  • Re:ergh (Score:4, Informative)

    by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Tuesday December 28, 2010 @04:04PM (#34690594)

    Why are all these ipad competitors doing 7 inch screens?

    You can't easily hold an iPod with one hand for any length of time. Have you seen the Galaxy Tab TV commercial? They make a point of showing the tablet being held one-handed.

    For some of us, the iPad is too big. I'm just waiting for a true tablet version of Android. I'd get a 7" iPad, but Jobs has already said that isn't happening.

  • by oodaloop (1229816) on Tuesday December 28, 2010 @04:15PM (#34690742)
    Or in a bag. A 10" tablet is too big for my tankbag for my motorcycle for instance, but a 7" fits nicely.
  • Re:ergh (Score:5, Informative)

    by dhovis (303725) on Tuesday December 28, 2010 @05:18PM (#34691428)

    Because, believe it or not, Apple came in at a price point that nobody could match without Apple's sales volume.

    So Apple sell a netbook with no keyboard and an ARM CPU for twice the price of a netbook and no-one can compete with it on price?

    Perhaps you're right, but that seems... odd.

    Calling the iPad a netbook with no keyboard it a bit of a stretch. Even if you don't like Apple, you'd be hard pressed to find a netbook with an IPS LCD display, for example. Also, I don't know of any netbooks that have a touchscreen, which more than makes up (costwise) for the lack of a keyboard.

    Anyway, If anyone could make a 10" iPad competitor at $500 or less, they'd have done so by now. That everyone who is trying is coming in at half the screen size should be confirmation. There were stories when the iPad was announced that it was going to $800-$1000. Everyone was preparing tablet competitors to go up against that price range. When the iPad came out at $500, it submarined everyone else's plans. It killed the HP Slate, for instance.

  • Re:ergh (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 28, 2010 @05:28PM (#34691516)
    Just because you don't know about it, doesn't mean they don't exist. http://www.amazon.com/Asus-T91MT-PU17-BK-8-9-Inch-Netbook-Computer/dp/B002UAR8SK [amazon.com]
  • by DragonWriter (970822) on Tuesday December 28, 2010 @06:53PM (#34692470)

    Anyway, If anyone could make a 10" iPad competitor at $500 or less, they'd have done so by now.

    There's actually quite a few ~10" Android tablets that have been announced at that price point; all 4 of the Notion Ink Adam 10.1" (1024x600) models which sold out of preorders this month had prices under $550, 3 of the 4 under $500 (all but the Pixel Qi + 3G model).

    The ViewSonic G 10.1" (1024x600) tablet that has been on sale since November seems to be $399.99 at most major online retailers that sell it, slighlty lower at some.

    That everyone who is trying is coming in at half the screen size should be confirmation.

    Actually, several competing models that have been announced (including a few already available) are in the 11.6" to 12.1" range (typically 16:9, 1366x768), and quite a few are 10.1" (1024x600) devices.

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