Dell Streak 10 Pro coming to China this summer, US next year
Many of us here at StreakSmart have been anxiously awaiting Dell’s 10-inch Streak 10 Pro tablet, which features Android 3.1 Honeycomb and Nvidia’s Tegra 2 dual-core processor.
Unfortunately, unless you live in China, I wouldn’t count on getting your hands on a Streak 10 Pro anytime soon. Why? Because Dell has announced that the tablet will be launching this summer in China . . . that the US wouldn’t see it until next year.
While this is startlingly bad news from a US-based Streak blogger’s standpoint, it does begin to make sense when you look at things from Dell’s point of view.
Dell stated that the American market isn’t mature enough for the launch of an Android tablet to be successful. According to the manager of Dell’s mobility division, John Thode, “This is not an either-or for us. This is a choice about where is the best place to take our story and avoids a bunch of the inhibitors and barriers to success that we’ve seen in the US market.” Such inhibitors include confusion about what exactly Android is and stupidly high tablet adoption prices.
Thode later added, “Instead of trying to swim upstream [Dell should] go someplace where the growth rates are much more interesting, the adoption rates are much faster, the consumer is much more savvy.” The decision to initially launch the tablet in China, Dell’s second-largest market, then became clear.
Dell more than likely made the right decision in this scenario, but it also means that we here at StreakSmart likely won’t have our hands on a Streak 10 Pro for a long time.[CNET]