Dell Would Like to Introduce You to the Dell Streak

Dell has posted an introductory video of the Dell Streak Android Tablet and what it means to users and the company itself. Dell’s Direct2Dell blogger states: “I don’t think there’s ever been more buzz around a single Dell product than this.” That may be true… though the ultra-thin Adamo XPS laptop got the web buzzing as well before it launched. In any case, check the video out and post your thoughts. One realization I came to is that the Dell Streak should be positioned as an Android MID rather than a tablet — with the added perk of cellular data / voice capabilities. In that category, the Dell Streak would be King (nearest competition). However, if Dell positions it as a crossover tablet / mobile phone, things start getting a bit ugly and it opens it up to competition from the likes of HTC’s EVO 4G (who, by the way, has a 4.3-inch screen and nearly identical internal specs). ETA for the Dell Streak in the U.S. is “later this Summer.” Price: around $500.


Hardware-wise, the Dell Streak features the following:

  • A sharp 5-inch capacitive multi-touch WVGA (800×480) display for a great full-screen experience watching video or browsing the web
  • Fast 1GHz Snapdragon ARM-based mobile processor from Qualcomm
  • 5 MP autofocus camera with dual LED flash that offers easy point & shoot capability and quick uploads to YouTube, Flickr, Facebook and more
  • VGA front-facing camera enables video chat functionality down the road
  • A user-removable (and replaceable) battery
  • A 3.5mm headphone jack means many of you can use the Dell Streak as the music source (and more) in your car
  • Integrated 3G + Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) + Bluetooth 2.1 (think headsets, external keyboards, stereo headsets, etc.)
  • UMTS / GPRS / EDGE class 12 GSM radio with link speeds of HSDPA 7.2 Mbps / HSUPA
  • A user-accessible Micro SD slot expandable up to 32GB. That means you can store lots of movies, music, photos or other kinds of files.

On the software side, here’s what you can expect:

  • A customized multi-touch version of the Google Android operating system that features Dell user interface enhancements
  • Access to over 38,000 apps (and growing) via the Android Marketplace
  • Microsoft Exchange connectivity and integration through TouchDown
  • Google Voice support
  • Integrated Google Maps with voice-activated search, turn-by-turn navigation, street and satellite views
  • Quick access to activity streams via integrated social network app widgets like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

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