Dell is a very strange company: it has just unveiled a device that it is calling a tablet and is meant to compete with Apple’s iPad. There’s only one problem: this device, called the Streak, looks a lot more like a smartphone than a tablet to me.
The Streak is Android-based and has a touchscreen about half the size of the iPad’s. It has a 1 GHz processor, 2 GB internal storage, up to 32 GB external SD storage, and a 5 megapixel camera. There’s nothing wrong with this device—it actually looks kind of cute—but by no stretch of the imagination would I consider it a tablet.
It is true that the iPad’s OS is a mobile OS and in some ways, the iPad may be more similar to a smartphone than a laptop. But there is a difference between tablets and smartphones, and the iPad is clearly a tablet, while the Streak is much more like a smartphone.
Android has great potential to compete with the iPad but only if it is used on devices that are actually tablets.
Via PC World, image via PC World.
Steve Felice, the President of Dell’s consumer and small and mid-size business unit, recently said that, “There’s been some over-exuberance on this product (netbooks) in the marketplace. Some of our competitors have positioned [netbooks] as a replacement device and then you see feedback from customers that are disappointed when they gave up their notebook for a netbook and find that it’s not quite as fast or doesn’t have quite the same functionality.”
Unlike their competitors, Dell has not been a strong proponent of a netbook as a laptop replacement, and their foresight is right on target. According to shipment figures reported by IDC this past April, there has been waning enthusiasm for netbooks in favor of higher-performance laptops. Intel Atom‘s share of the market has fallen to 20 percent during the first quarter of 2010 from 24 percent during the previous quarter, despite the fact that the overall volume of processors shipped rose by 4.1 percent.
Stronger demand for laptop technology is a blessing for Dell. The company’s first quarter revenue in 2010 rose 21 percent to $14.9 billion and profits rose 52 percent to $441 million. Dell did especially well in emerging markets like China and Brazil, where revenue rose 90 and 81 percent, respectively. Felice says, “We are very pleased with the overall performance of Dell.”
Market research company iSuppli is reporting that notebook shipments are expected to post double-digit growth in 2010. This growth is expected because of increased shipments for netbooks and Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage (or CULV) notebooks.
Overall in 2010, 209.5 million units of notebook PCs will be shipped, which is 25.5% higher than the amount of notebooks shipped the previous year. The netbook category itself is expected to have 34.5 million shipments in 2010, a 30% increase from the previous year. Four years from now in 2014, netbook shipments are expected to hit a whopping 58.3 units! CULV notebooks are expected to have 14.5 million units shipped in 2010, which is a 93% increase from last year’s 7.5 million units.
Taiwan-based netbook manufacturer Acer leads the pack in netbook shipments; it has been the market leader for two years and holds 37% of the market. ASUS, also Taiwan-based, currently ships 5.5 million netbook units and holds 21% of the market. Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, and Dell are third, fourth, and fifth in netbook shipments. These top five netbook manufacturers make up 90% of the market.
Dell’s backbone to its netbook line, the Inspiron Mini 10, looks to be bringing the next generation of mobile internet to everyday users. There were hints that one day it would have WiMAX thanks to records at the FCC. Now, plans to attach that modem to an actual network have come out. The news came via CTIA and from wireless internet provider Clearwire, which will be providing a 4G-capable version of the Mini 10s for $249 starting on April 1st.
What is unusual is that Clearwire will only be offering it “through select Clear retail locations, telesales and Clear.com.” This makes the program sound a bit experimental, and it’s hard to see what the company has up its sleeve.
This news shows we are essentially beginning the 4G era. With all the tablets and the iPad offering only 3G modems and SIMs, it is interesting to wonder how long they will run without upgrading or risk becoming obsolete. Sprint has been advertising 4G for sometime, and is already putting out phones capable of utilizing it. A netbook on a 4G network might be able to survive the latest tablet storm, thanks to peoples’ insatiable desire for speed.
Via Engadget, image via Dell
Dell, with some help from Amazon and Google, may be releasing an iPad competitor called the Dell Streak. The Streak will be a tablet that will have access to all of the e-books in Amazon’s Kindle store and everything in Amazon’s MP3 download store, which includes songs as well as TV shows and movies. This is a comparable to what the iTunes store offers.
The Streak allegedly will have a five-inch screen, which would put it between the iPhone and iPad in size. It is supposed to offer access to the Kindle store through 3G with no extra fees. This is an advantage over the iPad, which requires a data plan for 3G access. The Streak is supposed to be Android-based.
Both Amazon and Dell refused to confirm if this rumor is true or not. No one has speculated about the ship date or price of this unannounced product. A tablet processor manufacturer has said that it expects over fifty iPad competitors to be released this year.
Via Wired, image via Wired.
Dell’s gaming wing is making a big splash into the world of netbooks with its M11x system, which was introduced at CES a couple of weeks ago.
Unfotunately, the M11x won’t be available until March 1, but Dell has decided to let people pre-order from their site. The price starts at $799 for the base configuration, which includes an Intel Pentium SU4100 1.3GHz processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and the new nVidia GeForce GT 335M graphics card with 1GB of graphics memory. It comes running Windows 7 Home Edition on a 11.6-inch LED-backlit display, and Dell claims that the M11x will deliver “the graphics power of a 15-inch laptop in an 11-inch form factor.”
Upgrades for this baby include a beefier Core 2 Duo SU7300 CPU, up to 8GB total in RAM, and larger hard drives in the 250GB, 320GB, or 500GB size, or a 256GB solid-state drive for an arm and a leg. You may think I’m joking about that last part, but historically, prices have gotten jacked up for SSD configurations.
Color choices include black or silver, and following Alienware tradition, you can choose different color options for the system’s LED lighting.
Dell showcased the new version of its incredibly popular Dell Mini 10 netbook today at CES 2010, and it’s been loaded up with what we’ve come to expect of top-of-the-line netbooks – an Atom N450 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, and 250 GB of space. However, Dell is upping the ante with new options for multimedia use.
It comes with a boatload of custom options, including 720p HD capability on its 1366 x 768 pixel screen, a hi-def TV tuner, GPS service, and a HD processor to manage more intensive video content. It will run Windows 7 and comes with a useful 9-hour battery life.
The new Dell Mini 10 will be available this month, $300 and counting once you add those sexy new features.
Dell’s 10-inch netbook has gotten an upgrade. The new Dell Mini 10 will implement Intel’s 1.66GHz Pineview Atom N450 processor, replacing the current Mini 10 and 10V which use Z520 and N270 processors. The Mini 10 will be offered starting January 7th with your choice of Windows 7 or Ubuntu Linux. In addition to the processor upgrade, the Mini 10 will change some features, adding in a new textured palm rest and scrapping the multi-gesture capabilities of the trackpad. However, the integrated trackpad buttons will remain.
A few optional features have also become available with this new model. They include 3G or GPS Bluetooth, Broadcom Crystal HD Solution software, and a built-in TV tuner. The battery can now also be upgraded to a 6-cell battery. Luckily, the base price of the netbook will remain the same at $299.
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This uber-thin netbook is yet to be officially unveiled by LG, but some images and vague specifications have leaked. It is speculated that since the LGX30 has been given to the FCC for review, already well into development. It will likely be released sometime next year. The netbook is equipped with:
- An 11.6 inch LCD screen
- An unspecified Intel Atom Processor
- Intel GMA 500 graphics card
- Built-in webcam
LG is a newbie to the netbook business, but at 1.76 pounds the LGX30 will be a strong competitor to Dell’s newly released Vostro V13. We will have to wait for an official release by LG to learn more exact details on the LGX30. As of now it seems to be another addition to the stylish, economical, and razor-thin netbook category.
Image Via Softpedia
The insanely low prices that HP and Dell constantly churn out for their regularly sized laptops may be to blame for the slow growth of the ultra-thin laptop segment. According to Acer chairman J.T. Wang, this has caused consumers to steer clear from the thinner varieties in favor of lower prices. It has also lowered sales on Intel’s CULV processors, giving Intel less of an incentive to manufacture parts for the ultra-thin laptop market.
Ultra-thin laptops offer many advantages. These laptops are more powerful than netbooks, while being similarly portable and offering an incredibly long battery life. Consumers have showed interest in the ultra-thin segment, so now it’s up to manufacturers to market the product and offer deals to get the public to purchase these laptops.
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Dell engineers have been having some fun with the new operating system that Google recently released to the public, as the massive open source project was released in its preliminary form to developers just a week ago. One Dell tech strategist has already mentioned that he and some of his colleagues want to get Chromium OS running on a test Dell Mini 10v netbook.
Google intends to release Chrome OS next year as a lightweight operating system for netbooks. While they have not revealed their marketing strategy, they let everyone know they will be working with hardware partners from the netbook world. A Google spokesman refused to comment on whether or not Dell would be one of those hardware partners, but because Chrome OS is open source, we can expect a whole host of hardware companies to be interested in working with Google on Chrome.
Via Information Week.
If you thought that Dell was done making cellphones after the Mini 3i, you were wrong. Dell is in the works to create a communications group with an explicit focus on mobile devices and cell phones, with Current consumer division head and former Motorola exec Ron Garriques leading the project.
Who would have thought that Dell would try to enter the cellphone market? With the market already saturated, it will be interesting to see what kind of market share Dell can expect in the coming years. Between iPhones, Blackberries, and the new up and coming HTC and Google Phones, will Dell’s upcoming cell phones be as successful as its prececessors? With more competition, we can expect better phones and lower prices in the future. Then again, maybe we should just leave that up to the economists.
Dell recently added a new laptop to their lineup: the Dell Precision M6500, which claims to be a business-friendly laptop with an Intel Core i7 processor included. Everything looks good and dandy, but what makes this laptop more intriguing than others is that Dell has made the choice to not make an announcement regarding the creation or distribution of the laptop.
The M6500 will debut with a 17-inch display and will grants you either an NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M graphics processor, or an ATI FirePro M7740; just pick your graphics card. You’ll be happy to know that the M6500 will include 16GB DDR3 RAM which hopes to reach speeds of up to 1,333 MHz.
If you’re a power/business user, you’ll also have the ability to have three optional RAID configurations. While there’s no purchase date in sight, we’ll hope that Dell will let us know at some point in the future when they plan to make the new laptop available to the public. Or perhaps Dell’s laptops speak for themselves.
Via The Inquisitr.
While it may not be as bad as it sounds for most Windows users, it’s still not a step in the right direction for Microsoft. Many people (not just Windows 7 users) have been reporting a black screen which appears following a successful log-in. Once the black screen appears, systems reportedly lock up to the point where theres nothing you can do.
Although some users have claimed that they will have access to My Computer after getting the black screen, the operating systems still slow down to a crawl. Microsoft claims that their recent security update is the most likely suspect and is investigating further to narrow down the issue and eventually solve the problem.
So what should you do in the meanwhile? If affected, its suggested that you look up Prevx, a UK developer of anti-malware software. They’ve claimed to put together a fix that’ll fix the issue. We can’t promise that the fix won’t screw everything up further, so it may be worth your time to research them further. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more from Microsoft.
Hundreds of owners just like yourself have been reporting in over the past few weeks about severe performance issues, with some users claiming that their laptops are performing as low as 95% below what would be normal operating conditions. For some users, the systems will get hotter than usual; for others, BIOS suddenly lowers its performance until it stops working all together. While some users have been reporting these issues as early as January 2009, its been claimed that Dell had actually started to censor posts on their own forums. This doesn’t look like good news for E6400 & E6500 users.
UPDATE: Some users have claimed that the Studio XPS 1645 is having similar issues, according to this thread. This appears to be happening due to a poor AC adaptor, take heart though. If you call Dell and complain, they will ship out a replacement adapters to those affected. Now all Dell has to do is make good on the E6400 and E6500 users, and it’ll all be square.
If you’ve been lusting after new gadgets and you missed both Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there’s probably no helping you. But despite your ineptitude, all is not lost – manufacturers will always make it easy for you to drop a bit of cash, and it looks like we’ll need to be calling this Cyber Week in honor of a number of long-lasting Dell and Apple deals we’ve heard about.
Firstly, you can get discounts on all kinds of Mac laptops and desktops. AppleInsider has a nice guide available for where to get in on those machines. Canadian consumers can also get in on Dell discounts over at Dell.ca from now until December 11th. The selection includes laptops, monitors and more.
But if you don’t live in Canada, don’t despair – you can still get your hands on a Dell Inspiron Mini 10v netbook at Dell.com for under $300 bucks, and Hackintosh it if you’re feeling especially industrious.
If you think the gloriously thoughtless spending is done now that Black Friday has passed, you obviously haven’t heard the news – tomorrow is Cyber Monday, where you can reap the benefits of gutted price tags online even if you didn’t make it to the Black Friday doorbusters a few days back.
Huliq has already discovered some of these deals, which are as follows:
- Inspiron Mini 9 netbook for $299, a 50 dollar cut. Shipping is free for all Dell orders over $129.
- Dell Insprion Mini 10v for only $250.
- Inspiron 1525 laptop for $519. Specs are a 15.4-inch widescreen display, Intel Pentium Dual Core CPU T3200, 3 GB of RAM, a 250 GB SATA Hard Drive and DVD+/-RW Drive, and Windows Vista Home Basic SP1.
- Acer AL2216Wbd flat-panel Widescreen 22-inch LCD HD monitor for only $169.99 with free shipping, a $50 price cut compared to most retailers
- Free shipping on laptops $699.99 and up and desktops $499.99 and up.
- Compaq CQ50-139QM notebook for $498, which comes with an 8 GB flash drive, carrying case, and HP printer. If you just want a printer instead, hit Staples.com for a $149 Xerox Phaser 6125 Color Laser Printer, a price drop made available by their $200 instant coupon.
- Drop promo code CYBERMONDAYVAIOCS at Sony.com for a $200 subsidy of their CS Vaio notebook.
- Apple offers free shipping on orders over 50 bucks. You can also get free gift advice at 1-800-MY-APPLE if you’re completely weird.
- Free shipping on overs over 60 dollars at HP.com.
I hope your appetite has been whetted, ladies and gentlemen. Check back for more info as Cyber Monday draws closer.
CyberMonday.com, a website powered by Mall Networks and initially created by retailers as a one-stop shop for awesome Cyber Monday deals, will be offering a Dell Inspiron Mini 10v netbook for $249, after a $139 discount. The Mini 10v netbook will come with the Windows XP operating system.
On CyberMonday.com, they’ll also have a Deal of the Hour every 60 minutes. These items and offers will be announced on Sunday, November 29th, but are not limited to just netbooks – there’ll be free shipping specials, price discounts, percentage discounts, and free gifts with purchase. If you’re interested in getting some new stuff, make sure to check it out.
The Chrome OS doesn’t yet provide anything that the Chrome web browser doesn’t, but we thought we’d share the procedure for downloading it onto your Dell Inspiron Mini 10v netbook anyway. First, grab yourself a USB drive that’s 8 GB or greater. (The actual download is roughly 7.5 GB.)
Essentially, the installation involves copying the Google Chrome OS image file onto your netbook. You’ll also need access to a computer that’s running Linux in order to turn the downloaded IMG file to a bootable file.
Technically, a Dell employee (nicknamed Doug A) came up with this entire process as he was testing out compiling a copy of the Google Chrome OS for himself after seeing it run on various netbooks last week. Doug A explains:
“To copy onto an USB key (8GB minimum), find another Linux machine and utilize the “dd” command to put the image onto the USB key. Example: dd if=ChromiumOS_Mini10v_Nov25.img of=/dev/sdb. In this example, /dev/sdb is my entire USB key… use “fdisk -l” to see how your USB key is named for your particular environment. Be careful to select your USB device (again, use fdisk -l to double verify and confirm the correct device filename) and not another device…”
Even though netbook prices are dropping, options under $200 can still be rather limited. If you’re okay with Ubuntu rather than Windows though, check this out. Dell’s selling the Vostro A90 netbook for $184.
The 8.9″ Vostro netbook is equipped with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, and an 8 GB solid state hard drive. Other tech specs include 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, a 35WHr 4-cell battery, and Ubuntu 8.04.
If the Vostro’s 8 GB hard drive is a bit small for your taste, you can upgrade to 16 GB for $50 more. On the other hand, if you’re a fan of Windows, you could always install it yourself with the help of a USB drive.