Dell Hops on Tablet Bandwagon with Android-Based Streak

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Dell Inc. announced Tuesday that it will be entering the tablet market with the Streak, an Android-based handheld device with a 5” display. The company plans to launch the device in June in the UK, with a later, unspecified launch in the U.S. market. The device includes WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G connectivity, for which O2 will provide connectivity.

The Streak made an appearance in March in the guise of leaked photos to Engadget and Wired. Images released today by Dell differ slightly (see below), and the company’s announcement makes Streak official.

The device is being built around a 1GHz Snapdragon ARM processor, and will include a 5 megapixel camera. Dell is touting Flash support under Android 2.2, but that won’t be available until “later this year.”

Dell Streak

The Dell Streak

“The Dell Streak hits the sweet spot between traditional smartphones and larger-screen tablets,” Ron Garriques, president of Dell’s Communication Solutions Group, said in a statement, echoing Apple’s own initial description of the iPad.

Initial sales will be handled by O2, The Carphone Warehouse, and later in June through Dell’s own UK site. The company has not yet announced pricing for either Streak or the accompanying data plans.

Key Features, according to Dell:

  • Integrated Google Maps with turn-by-turn navigation, street and satellite views
  • A full screen browsing experience with a 5-inch capacitive multi-touch WVGA display
  • Easily integrated social media apps: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube
  • High resolution 5 MP camera, VGA front facing camera, removable battery, built-in Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth connectivity options
  • 2GB* of internal dedicated storage provides plenty of space to access and download Google Android Market’s many options
  • Packaged with cushions made from 100 percent sustainable, compostable bamboo


  • 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



Google maps navigation most likely US only


5” screen. Nothing sweet about that spot. Too big to stick in my pocket. Too small to actually want to do anything meaningful for any length of time on it. Size just too close to what I already have on my iPhone.

The iPad screen is a lot closer to the sweet spot, if not actually there. Large enough to do presentations to clients and write a book on, small enough to slip into a small bag to carry along.

Dean Lewis

So, I’m guessing if I hold this thing with two hands, I’ll be covering up the speaker on the left and touching those home and other buttons on the right? (If those aren’t just indicators for on-screen soft buttons.) Yep, that shouldn’t be annoying at all.

Nice to see it doesn’t have Flash, either, but I bet we won’t hear much made about that on most sites. Considering the problems Adobe is having getting Flash to work on mobile and mobile-like devices, if I were Dell, I’d be more interested in telling people to use other programming platforms until Adobe gets its act together.


5 inch seems like the size for a fancy PND.  With navigation being the first “key feature” is this really just a glorified garman?


The “Streak?”  Does it come in brown?

Who is in charge of selecting these names, anyway, Michael Dull himself?

Also noted from another site:  5” does not make a tablet. (plus follow-on jokes about how size matters…)

From another site:  I can hardly wait to see people in airline terminals holding these huge things up to their ears trying to have phone conversations.


Worst Name Ever. I give it a week before it gets to be known as the ‘Skid Mark”.

“Packaged with cushions made from 100 percent sustainable, compostable bamboo”
Too bad the device isn’t.


Yea, but its only available for England - first?  Whats that all about?  Another American company crapping on its citizens. First outsourcing and now introducing products overseas first.  Good thing I decided to never buy a Dell back in 2002.

Lee Dronick

Yea, but its only available for England - first?? Whats that all about?

There are two possible reasons that I can think of right now.

1. The Prime Meridian. They will be introducing it by time zone. Ireland gets it next, then Iceland and so on.

2. Someone paid off Fergie.



Once again Dell following not leading.  Unless the Streak is cheaper, has a Longer battery life (Flash can kill the battery), and App store. The Streak could become the a brown streak!


I agree with Gary. Does it come in Zune brown?

Lee Dronick

Does it come in Zune brown?

I must one of the two people in the World who liked the brown Zune even a little bit, the other being the designer and I am not sure about him. I would classed it up more with antique brass and gotten rid of that horrid green bezel, made it something that would compliment a business suit. Maybe it just because I am partial to earth tones.


We all have our moments Harry. The 70s were full of them. The 80s too. LOL


I would classed it up more with antique brass

If M$ had gone full SteamPunk with the Zune they might have sold more.

Lee Dronick

If M$ had gone full SteamPunk with the Zune they might have sold more.

Steampunk? Seriously they might have sold more of them.

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