After having faked us out a couple weeks back, it seems Dell is finally ready to let its Streak tablet-phone-whatever loose stateside. You can get it $299 with a new or upgraded 2-year service agreement on AT&T, or shell out $549 to avoid the contractual shackle. Here’s a quick reminder of the specs the Streak is packing:
- 5” TFT LCD with resolution of 480x800 pixels
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- HSDPA 7.2 radio (Class 12) with GPS
- WiFi 802.11 b/g radio
- Bluetooth v2.0
- 5MP camera with dual-LED flash
- Front-facing camera
- Snapdragon 1GHz processor
- Android 1.6
- 2GB Internal Storage
- 1530mAh battery
You’ll notice I’ve taken the liberty to highlight a few of the Streak’s unique points, good and bad. The Streak will ship to customers with Android 1.6 on-board, though we know Dell’s work to upgrade it to 2.1 is well underway. Still, given the amount of time the phone has spent on the UK market, Dell’s sluggishness in getting the Streak running Éclair has me wondering if it will ever live to see an official Froyo update.
Software aside, the Streak is a reasonably impressive phone – its 5” display is the largest of any Android phone in the US. But the size comes at a price, the Streak weighs in at 220g (about 8 oz), 30% heavier than the HTC EVO 4G.
Its bulk affords it a more robust radio, though. The Streak sports a class 12 GSM/EDGE/HSDPA/HSUPA radio for voice and mobile data; potentially allowing faster uploads on 3G, as well as (again, potentially) increased download speeds when you’re stuck on EDGE or HSUPA networks.
The Streak now counts itself among the front-facing camera elite alongside the EVO 4G, as the second Android phone to include one. While the usefulness of this feature is debatable, the iPhone and EVO 4G have both made major marketing hay out of the front-facing cameras on their devices.
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