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Another roadmap slide from Dell has been uncovered by the guys over at Android Central. The three new devices appearing in the slide are a netbook/tablet hybrid (Sparta), a sub 2 pound netbook (Athens), and finally an HD version of the previously leaked Looking Glass tablet.
The Sparta appears to be a new convertible form factor with its screen capable of rotating within the frame. The rest of the specs are fairly standard netbook fare with a 1024 x 768 TFT screen, an Arm processor, Wifi, Bluetooth, and optional 3G. The Sparta is targeted for launch this Fall and could come sporting either Android or Moblin.
The Athens shares the Sparta’s internals, but offers a more traditional netbook body. The sub-2 pound weight is fairly impressive here as Dell’s current 10″ netbook offering comes in at 2.6 pounds, so they’ve added an inch to the screen while shaving over half a pound off the total weight. The Athens is slotted for release in time for the holiday season.
Finally we have the Looking Glass Pro; the “Pro” moniker carries with it an upgraded HD screen resolution and an optional TV tuner, but otherwise it matches up with the already leaked Looking Glass. You’ll probably notice in the slide that the “LG Pro” appears with a dotted line around it unlike the others which may suggest that the Q1 2010 release timeframe is tentative.
The Streak makes an encore appearance in the slides as well with some carrier details. The U.S. release will be this summer on T-Mobile as was suggested by the FCC documents last week. Vodafone will be the carrier of choice in the EU and should also see the Streak this Summer. China’s release will come just a couple months later, with all three major carriers there picking up the device.
As Engadget is quick to point out there are a number of details that point to this being a possibly quite old roadmap so it should probably be taken with a grain of salt. Some of the outdated references include; Bender which was the original name for the Astro File Manager, Windows Mobile rather than Windows Phone 7, and finally Moblin in place of MeeGo.
The Sparta definitely seems to be the wild card in the group; I’m curious to hear what everyone think of that form factor.