One of Dell’s worst kept secrets, the Dell Streak, has finally been officially unveiled by Dell. The phone/tablet hybrid is slated to launch in early June and will be available exclusively on the O2 mobile carrier in the UK.
I haven’t had the chance to play with one yet, but the Dell Streak seems like it will be a bit of an awkward phone, primarily due to its massive screen. With a 5 inch screen the phone attempts to fill in the gap between full blown tablets and cellphones…a gap that I’m not sure necessarily needed to be filled. From what I’ve read, the phone looks a bit goofy when held up to the face and used for calls.
Other than that, the device has some pretty impressive features:
- Android platform complete with Android Market and Dell user interface enhancements
- ARM-based Processor: Qualcomm’s powerful and efficient Snapdragon chipset and software platform with integrated 1GHz processor
- 3G + WiFi + Bluetooth
- UMTS / GPRS / EDGE class 12 GSM radio with link speeds of up to HSDPA 7.2 Mbps1 / HSDPA
- 5 MP autofocus camera with dual LED flash. Easy point, shoot, and uploads to YouTube, Flickr, Facebook and more
- User accessible Micro SD expandable memory available up to 32 GB2. Store up to 42 movies2 or 32,000 photos2, or 16,000 songs2 with 32GB* Micro SD
I don’t see it in the press release, but originally the Dell Streak was to ship with Android 1.6. I haven’t heard anything to contrary, so as of right now we’ll go with that. The press release does mention that the Streak will support over the air updates to Android 2.2 so it can support Flash 10.1:
The Dell Streak was designed with the future in mind and will support over-the-air updates including platform upgrades, Adobe Flash 10.1 on Android™ 2.2 later this year, video chat applications and other software innovations.
While I’m not sure the device is for me, I’m sure there are a few people that will find a tablet/phone hybrid useful. Are you one of them? Sound off in the comments and let us know why the Streak does or doesn’t appeal to you.
Source: Dell PR