Dell Readies Streak ‘Tablet-Phone'

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Round Rock, Texas - Dell plans summertime availability in the U.S. of its Android-based Streak, which it calls a tablet because of its large 5-inch screen but can be used like any Android-based smartphones to make cellular voice calls.

The device, formerly called the Mini5, operates on 3G W-CDMA HSDPA cellular networks, but the company hasn't said whether the device incorporates the frequency bands for the AT&T or T-Mobile networks in the U.S.

 In the United Kingdom, the device rolls out in early June through stores operated by carrier O2 and Carphone Warehouse, followed later in the month by Dell-direct online sales. Pricing wasn't announced, nor were details of U.S. distribution.

 The Streak features a 5-inch multitouch capacitive touchscreen, compared with the maximum 4- and 4.3-inch touchscreens appearing on other smartphones, including Sprint's planned 4G HTC Evo with 4.3-inch screen.

The device, said Dell communications group president Ron Garriques, "hits the sweet spot between traditional smartphones and larger-screen tablets." The Streak's "unique size provides people new ways to enjoy, connect and navigate their lives," he claimed. With Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a company statement added, Streak combines the "basic functionality, performance, and benefits of a laptop in a pocket-friendly size."

Key features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Web browser and a Google navigation app to turn the device into a connected portable navigation device (PND).

Other features include email and instant messaging, as well as integrated apps for Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. It also has two cameras. One is a VGA front-facing camera that could be used for video calls or video chats. A separate 5-megapixel camera with dual LED flash can take pictures that can be uploaded to social-media sites and Flickr.

 The device also comes with 2GB of embedded memory and a MicroSD card slot supporting an addition 32GB of memory. The battery is removable.

 Via over-the-air upgrades later in the year, Dell will add the 2.2 version of the Android OS along with Adobe Flash 10.1 and video-chat applications, the company said.

The handset supports HSDPA download speeds up to a theoretical 7.2Mbps.


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