Dell Streak

Finally, we have proper launch info for the Dell Streak. The one-day presale begins Thursday, and the 5-inch Android tablet will be in general availability on Friday. Pricing remains the same at $299 with a two-year contract on AT&T, and $549 sans contract. Otherwise, everything else is as we expect -- 5MP camera, 2GB of on-board storage, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, and the ability to look at the Droid X and Evo 4G like they're small fries. Full presser after the break. [Business Wire] Discuss the Dell Streak in our Tablet Forums.

Dell Creates Choice and Freedom to Talk, Watch, Surf, and Connect with New 5-Inch Tablet

ROUND ROCK, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dell (NASDAQ: DELL):

“The Dell Streak has found a way to fit your whole world in a 5-inch screen. Its unique size will help people discover new ways to enjoy the web, connect with friends, and navigate their lives.”

NEWS:

Orders for the Dell Streak Tablet open up for U.S. priority pre-sale registrants at www.dell.com/mobile this Thursday, August 12. General availability follows a day later at www.dell.com/mobile.
The Dell Streak is available for $299.99 with new two-year AT&T contract†, and $549.99 without. Customers who purchase the Streak, and signed up during the pre-sale program, will receive a free second-day shipping upgrade. Customers who redeem their pre-sale coupon can purchase a Plantronics Bluetooth earpiece for 99 cents while supplies last.

HITTING A SWEET SPOT

The Dell Streak, a carbon black Android-based tablet with a 5-inch display, is designed to provide an excellent “on-the-go” entertainment, social connection, and navigation experience. The spacious 5-inch screen is ideal for experiencing thousands of Android Market widgets, games and applications, all without squinting or compromising portability. Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth capability and available 3G connectivity brings easy access for downloading and listening to music, updating social networking status in real-time, and staying connected to friends and family through e-mail, text, IM, and voice calls.

On-the-go students, mobile professionals, and active families will find Streak’s web-browsing capabilities as natural as a laptop. The 5-inch screen is large enough to present Web pages in their natural form, create a comfortable viewing experience, and make turn-by-turn navigation simple. The Dell Streak is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon solution with integrated 1GHz processor to combine basic functionality and benefits of a laptop in a pocket friendly size.

The Dell Streak was designed with the future in mind to support future software, application and platform upgrades.

QUOTE:

“The Dell Streak has found a way to fit your whole world in a 5-inch screen. Its unique size will help people discover new ways to enjoy the web, connect with friends, and navigate their lives.” – Ron Garriques, president, Dell Communication Solutions

DELL STREAK FEATURES:

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 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

DELL STREAK SPECIFICATIONS:

Android platform complete with Android Market and Dell user interface enhancements
Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon solution with integrated 1GHz processor
3G + Wi-Fi + Bluetooth
UMTS / GPRS / EDGE class 12 GSM radio with link speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps*
5 MP Autofocus camera with dual LED flash. Easily point, shoot, and upload to YouTube, Flickr, Facebook and more
User accessible Micro SD expandable memory available up to 32GB*. Store up to 42 movies* or 32,000 photos*, or 16,000 songs* with a 32GB* Micro SD upgrade

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Dell Streak presale starts this Thursday: $299 on-contract, $549 off contract

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I'm glad to see this, but is it compelling at all to anyone who already has a modern Android device with a 4"+ screen? I guess I see it as more of a tablet competitor than a phone competitor, but maybe ppl view this as just a big phone. I dunno...what do you think?

How bout 4.4, or is it precisely 4.3 and not a 16th larger?

Saying something is absurd when it crosses some imaginary boundary is absurd. Somewhere someone wants this size. Maybe for eyesight reasons, maybe because they like to watch video or read on the device.

You don't have to hold it to your ear you know. There is this marvelous invention called bluetooth.

Presser avoids mentioning which version of Android. Always a bad sign that they are going ahead with a release using ancient versions. Just dumb.

Other than that, a great couch surfing device. Can't see me using it as my primary.

I have the best android device made, The Nexus One. My phone can do just about anything, bu most of all I think the size is perfect. If I need a bigger screen then my Nexus is sporting then I will take my just about unused HP 2140 netbook with big oversized battery. Just use the wifi tethering ability from my Nexus One and I am all set. The Dell is nice but too big for a phone. Nice for the desk top on the dock but as a phone, not for me. I think my Nexus will be with me until the Nexus two comes along or the dual processor comes along. Every day I find something new that my phone is capable of doing. Love Android and the Nexus One.

I'm there with you on that. I'm guilty of paying more attention to my N1 than my girlfriend sometimes (has been the cause of many an argument as i'm now addicted to CM6 Nightlies). The only thing i'm waiting for is how to convert my screen to SLCD. I hear the new batch of N1's are going to be made with those now.

Utter and total Failure. 1.6, too expensive, limited storage and on ATT. I can't believe there was a time I was waiting for this device. So relieved I switched to Verizon for the X. Dell, don't let the door hit you on the way out.

I can't wait to see the holster for this.. for some reason I don't think this will make you look cool in front of all the other kids at work.. Droid X is as big as you'd want without getting made fun of.. just my .02

nope, you're getting made fun of too. :P

the DInc is borderline too big but as it is, it fits perfectly in my pocket. i couldn't possibly go bigger and i [personally] find the 4.3" screens to be far too big to use as a phone. i hope these massive phones are just a fad.

I was actually interested in this but i'm a T-Mo guy. I definitely would have used a bluetooth headset all the time though, as i can imagine seeing movies in about 10 years where they're making reference to an era where people held massive tablets/phones to their ears- much like the analogue phones of old.

**Edit**

I wouldn't be surprised to see some of our friends at XDA take a stab at a Froyo upgrade on this either. It's just begging to be done.

Tbe poll is broken.

Anyway, this seems like a pretty useless device.

Right off the bat, it is a $300 phone on AT&T. Who the hell would want that?

Then when you consider how monstrous it is for a phone, and how small it is for a tablet, it just doesn't make sense. I'll keep tethering my iPad.

Too pricey, too big, too old of an OS (to start). No sideloading apps because of AT&T, not really sure Dell was interested in this device actually selling.

Well...I ditched my iPhone for the streak and love it. It does fit in the pocket and the screen is great for all manner of tasks. Signal better than iPhone. I was sick of squinting and I have perfect eyesight. Android OS way more flexible than iPhone OS. The only letdown is the poor quality of apps on market place. Goods apps hard to find, so this situation needs sorting. Don't knock the streak until you have give it a good try. As for calls, I don't make many but find using it in a walkie talkie style on speaker is great. If you want private calls then yes, Bluetooth is the way to go. I'm in UK and so stuck on O2 for now. I typed and uploaded this review on my streak in no time at all.

Where's the option of "no way until 2.1/2.2 is released"?

Launching a device without 2.2 shows you aren't going to provide timely updates to your phone. Launching with 1.6 just shows you're incompetent. Which means it should compare well with the iPhone.

My wife was killing for one. And next payday I was gonna go over to at&t and get her one and a Captivate for myself. But the 2 gig limit on the "unlimited" data plan that they offer was a deal breaker for me. Hell I can use 2 gig of data in one day. But on topic I think 4.3 would be my limit also for screen size.

Talked to a Dell rep earlier. He told me you should get the email / link Thursday morning. He said he could not confirm nor deny that the red one would be available for purchase right away. Yes I found that interesting especially when he added that he was not at Liberty to say much about colors until Thursday. Also the units are ready to ship and the shipping turnaround should be quick. Now he mentioned something else which many of you may find interesting. He said that he “thinks that the streak will only be sold direct from Dell for a month before its sold through at&t”. I personally want it unlocked but I wonder how true that statement is? Maybe? I have not seen any official announcement from at&t.

I already have a phone. I need a tablet, not from Apple but same size and battery life, Android 2.2. No sim or anything that requires yet another expensive telco subscription, just wifi so I can tether off my Desire will do fine. Thanks.