Dell to Produce Second Tablet Computer to Compete with iPad

Industry insiders believe the new tablet will have a seven-inch touchscreen and run on Android software backed by Internet giant Google.

Dell CEO Michael Dell said on Sept. 22 that 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.

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 U.S. website for $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 color screen.

AT&T said on Sept. 21 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.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2010

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