Dec 05 AT 4:08 PM Dustin Earley 43 Comments

Dell discontinues the Streak 7, still not backing away from Android


It’s no secret that Dell hasn’t had the best of luck in the wide world of Android. Their first Android device, the Streak 5, has already been discontinued (and picked up by the government), leaving behind a rather lackluster legacy. The next device to get the axe is the me-too tablet, the Streak 7.

Over the weekend, Dell quietly pulled the Streak 7 from their website, leaving only the suggestion of a Venue or Venue Pro in its place. The Streak 7 was first released in January 2011 and was hailed as the first 4G tablet when it was released on T-Mobile with HSPA+ compatibility. Sales never really picked up for the tablet, leaving Dell with a tough decision. Continue to find a way to promote the device, or give up and move on to bigger and better things? Obviously Dell went with the latter of those two choices.

Back in October of this year, Dell Inc.’s founder and CEO Michael Dell announced that Dell would be looking to Windows 8 for their next round of tablets. The death of the Streak 7 could certainly be taken as a confirmation of this, if it weren’t for a statement released to The Verge earlier today. According to the statement, Dell is “not backing away from Android.” The company will remain committed to the platform, but they want to keep their options open.

CES is just around the corner, and with any luck we’ll get a glimpse at Dell’s next brave attempt at crafting a Streak that isn’t a total miss. You know what they say: third time’s the charm.

Source: Streak Smart

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Futureboy

    Dear Dell,

    Here is the winning equation:
    Solidly Built Device with Good Specs + Pure Android + Competitive Price = Fat Stacks of Cash.

    Now take that back to the engineers and the marketing team and tell them to get to work!


    The Android Community

    • Alex

      And add removable and customizable back panels like you did with your laptops! Just to reenforce the open spirit of Android, and to look cool XD

    • stenzor

      “How do i built tablet?”

      • Futureboy

        Dear Dell,

        This is precisely why you are in the predicament you are in.
        Please read as: A Solidly Built Device (qty. 1) With Good Specs…


        The Android Community

    • eioous

      Sounds like the winning equation to me.

    • seven2k

      Could not agree even more!

    • moelsen8

      a fire sale wouldn’t hurt either. i’ve been checking sites all day. heck yeah, i’d pick up one of these for $100-$150 if i saw it right now.

    • kevin charliethesuperturtle

      And a beast song like LG Santa rap!!!

  • mikeyDroid

    Dell tried to get into the game with odd sized devices, which could have been a smart move, had it worked.. I’d be curious to see a “normal” sized device with at least close to flagship specs – maybe people would consider them more.

  • kazahani

    It was too expensive. Unless your tablet has a little silver apple on it, don’t expect the public to pay any more than $300 – $400 for it.

    • moelsen8

      i’d probably say $200 is more like it.. the touchpad proved that anything would sell at $100.

      • kevin charliethesuperturtle

        Toothpaste not touch pad!!!!!!!

  • SCJaredJ

    Perhaps Dell should go the HP Touchpad route with its Streak 7.

  • DementedAD

    It was priced well, I would’ve bought one if it wasn’t for the pitiful resoultion and lack of Honeycomb.

    • JC005

      I agree, the resolution is what made me return mine.

  • Ricky Grundy

    10.1 inch screen. dual core. pure ics. nice price point (400–500). they have a winner.

  • mavensage

    Dell always seems to make under powered, chunky devices and expect people to pay top dollar. I don’t understand it.

    • Sean the Electrofreak

      They’ve gotta understand that brand recognition isn’t worth a whole lot until it’s been proven to be worth something. They should have come out with something competitive when they entered the Android device market, but they didn’t and now they’re going to have a hard time being taken seriously.

      They should take a few pointers from ASUS.

  • Matthew Morrison

    Stick to computers, get out of the phone and tablet business.

    • Bryan Stoner

      Not to burst your bubble but phones and tablets are computers :P

    • Sean the Electrofreak

      ASUS didn’t have any problem with it.

  • Kevin Amundson

    Dell’s devises have all been standard fare as far as the specs go. Sure they had a large screen phone which has a place in the market, but the specs were to low for anyone to really want it. Dell needs to put some higher specs in their devises and focus more on the purity of android if they want a competitive product.

  • Oscar Ortega

    it was too ugly and it had that dell ui :0

  • Bryan Stoner

    I really liked the 2008 style of the Dell XPS. They should bring back the brushed metal style they had with that product line. That way they would make BANK!

  • pikahatonjon

    dell. make a venue pro with ICS and a 720p screen. gg instant enterprise hit.

  • sylar

    Well I just hope what ever they come out with next is better. They could build some seriously nice stuff I rather like Dell products.

  • FutureShock

    This was just another “me-too” tablet. One either has to be the cheapest or the best or Apple to compete in the tablet market. Dell’s tablet was none of these.

  • humidity

    Make the Streak 10 already!

  • Clint Haynes

    fire sale time?
    (and lots of Dev attention)

  • myandroid99

    so long dell

  • Nathan D.

    some people should just stick to making laptops, just saying.

  • Adryan maldonado

    Dell was never my favorite manufacturer in general. So there tablets were sub par at best.

  • gadgetaddict

    Purchased the 5″ Streak when it was released, and it is one of my favorite devices. If I could only keep one device, it would be the 5″ Streak. It is an excellent combo device from web viewing, video viewing, bulkiness, cumbersomeness, PIA to carry around, and weight perspectives. I took a pass on the 7″ Streak because Dell minimized the specs for the time it was released, vs. the 5″ model which was well spec’d when released.

    • Dfvanden

      I love my Streak 5 too, and I also would never buy a Streak 7. Oh well..I dont know why that form factor never took off.

  • King Chris Scott

    Personally I’m a little disappointed in how Dell has handled all this. My mommy has the Streak 5″ and she loves the phone, says it has a few bugs, so to us true Android peeps it’s probably more than a few bugs, but the more I use this phone the more I like it, the screen is amazing and its like mini tab, so it’s really sad to see it all end up like this

  • Diaeko

    dell want to make an tablet
    whats next?..Ford Tab?

  • Schwag!

    Well, i honestly can say Dell did a “ok” job with the streak 7, minus the resolution issue. HSDPA+, SIDE MOUNTED SPEAKERS ( i say that cause thats i feel is a must on tabs for me, talk about surround sound) Nvidia Processor, it was ok. I think the issue relied upon its lasting effect, whats the “buy still” rate of the device, and unfortunately, it had none. with tabs like the Toshiba Thrive, which i traded in my streak for, and the transformer, i don’t think it had enough power to hang.

  • Ilyse Rose

    I like Dell but I never really liked their Android offerings.

  • jst4tim

    Another one bites the dust.

  • antfelici

    They ever should have tried in the first place.

  • Samar

    Feels like Dell lost its way early in the race and now only doing a catch-up.

  • JC005

    I’ll give them another try for sure, can’t wait to see what’s next.

  • goldenboyrb

    Staples has this for $249