T-Mobile has apparently discontinued the Dell Streak 7 after just six months on the nation’s fourth largest carrier. The Dell Streak 7 was the follow up to the Dell Streak which was a 5″ phoneblet released on AT&T.
The original Dell Streak didn’t sell very well. Dell tried to sell them strictly direct from Dell and had no in-store support for them. Basically it was Dell selling the phoneblet and AT&T providing the service. Dell could have taken a play from Google’s Nexus One playbook and realized that wasn’t going to work.
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The Dell Streak 7 came out on T-Mobile and was sold and supported in store and through Tmobile.com. They also semed to have a normal variety of accessories for the tablet which was the same size as the original Samsung Galaxy Tab. The big difference was that Streak 7 supported T-Mobile’s HSPA+ (4G) network. Other specs included a 1ghz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, but Android 2.2
The Dell Streak 7 hit T-Mobile stores in February. In March, T-Mobile formally introduced the world to the “T-Mobile” branded G-Slate. The G-Slate features a larger form factor, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, 3D, Dual Core and 4G. Obviously the specs alone kicked the crap out of the Dell Streak 7 and pricing was close. The G-Slate was also T-Mobile branded so it was naturally pushed harder at T-Mobile owned stores.
T-Mobile has also discontinued the Dell’s mini 10 connected netbook.
It’s hard to tell where Dell lost their competitive edge. There was a time not so long ago that Dell was the “must have” consumer windows brand, although Dell is still in the top 3 laptop manufacturers.
Dell has released a 10″ Honeycomb Android tablet in China. Hopefully they’ll have better luck over there with Android than they had over here.