Some details of Dell's second tablet computer have found their way to tech sites via public documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission. The documents, dated Dec. 17 and made available Monday, provide some specs on a seven-inch tablet with the marketing name "Looking Glass."
The device supports 802.11n Wi-Fi and 3G network technology used by AT&T and T-Mobile. The documents cover tests done on the device's wireless technologies, which also include Bluetooth v2.1. Other details, such as the processor and other components are not covered.
Dell gave its first peek of the upcoming tablet to attendees at the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco in September. Chief Executive Michael Dell showed off a prototype of the seven-inch tablet during his keynote, but offered no other details.
The computer maker introduced its first tablet, called the Streak, to the United States in August, after first launching the Android-based device in Europe. The tablet has a five-inch screen and can make voice calls, as well as browse the Web. The Streak sells for $299 with a two-year AT&T service contract. Without a contract, the tablet costs $549.
With the Looking Glass, Dell is apparently going head-to-head with the Apple iPad. The Streak's small screen made it less of a competitor, despite some nifty features, such as a 5-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash. Qualcomm's 1GHz SnapDragon processor powers the device. Dell is offering the Streak with integrated healthcare software, an indication that the device is headed toward more business-type applications.
Dell is only one of several computer makers lining up with tablets to challenge the iPad. Other vendors jumping into the market include Hewlett-Packard, Asus, Samsung, and others. Many of these vendors, including Dell, are expected to introduce their iPad challengers next month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev.