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Dell’s 7-Inch Tablet No Longer for Sale

While it wasn’t as short-lived as the HP TouchPad, Dell’s Streak tablet didn’t have much of a run.

Dell Inc. has updated its Web site to say that the Streak 7 is no longer available for sale online. As of Black Friday, the Wi-Fi version of the tablet was still on sale for $299, while other retailers were offering it for as low as $169. The discontinued Streak 7 was previously reported by The Verge.

Dell first introduced the Android-based seven-inch tablet in the first quarter of this year in an effort to compete with the almighty Apple iPad. In October, Dell said in its blog that an operating system upgrade would be available for the Streak 7, which initially ran Android OS version 2.2.

Dell’s 5-inch Streak tablet, which our own Walt Mossberg called “an odd tweener device” in his review, was discontinued back in August.

In July, the PC-maker introduced a 10-inch Honeycomb tablet in China, called the Dell Streak 10 Pro, citing China’s massive number of Internet-connected consumers and Dell’s retail presence in China as reasons for the launch there.

Dell hasn’t yet responded to our requests for comment on the Dell 7-inch streak. The company has previously declined to say how many Streak units, of all sizes, have sold overall.

The Streak’s short streak began with high hopes, as you can see in the video of the device’s first public demo, at the D8 conference:

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