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Report: Dell's 7-inch tablet due in 'next few weeks'

Dell China exec Amit Midha confirms to The Wall Street Journal the imminent debut of 7-inch Android tablet, followed by 10-inch tablet within 12 months.

Dell will unveil its second Android tablet in the next few weeks, this one sporting a 7-inch screen. And a 10-inch model could arrive sometime in 2011.

The new tablet's debut was confirmed by Dell Greater China President Amit Midha in a Wall Street Journal interview published today. The news follows CEO Michael Dell's appearance last week at Oracle World in which he teased the audience with a brief glimpse of a 7-inch tablet but was mum on any details.

"It was showed off at Oracle World by Michael last week and we'll be launching very, very soon--within the next few weeks," Midha told the Journal.

Though Dell hasn't confirmed this, the new tablet could be the same 7-inch Android-based "Looking Glass" tablet that Engadget learned of in April courtesy of some leaked Dell internal documents. If so, the specs would reportedly include Android 2.1 (though that could be updated by now), an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, an 800x480 pixel screen, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and 4GB of storage. The tablet would be expandable with a 32GB SDHC card and offer an optional TV tuner.

Could this be Dell's new 7-inch tablet?
Could this be Dell's new 7-inch tablet? Engadget

The 7-inch tablet would join Dell's current 5-inch Streak, which first surfaced in Europe and has been available in the U.S. through since August. The Streak is slated to hit Best Buy stores soon, according to the company.

But Dell isn't standing still with its 5-inch or 7-inch tablets. Midha revealed to the Journal that a 10-inch tablet and additional 3-inch and 4-inch devices (presumably smartphones) would reach the market in the next 6 to 12 months. Though Dell has stuck with Android so far, Midha said that some of the new devices would also run Windows and that Dell is contemplating using Google's upcoming Chrome OS on some of its products.

Dell's new tablets will join a nascent but growing market slowly being carved out by Hewlett-Packard, Research In Motion, Samsung, and LG, among others. But of course it's a market dominated by Apple's iPad. And like Dell, Apple isn't standing still and is reportedly ramping up a slimmer and more feature-filled iPad to debut in the first half of next year.