Jun 03 AT 1:53 AM Taylor Wimberly 15 Comments

Dell Streak 5 coming unlocked for $500 next month

Do you rank display size as the most important feature when purchasing a smartphone? If your answer is yes, then circle next month on your calendar for the Dell Streak. This beast of a phone features a five inch display, which teeters on tablet territory.

We were already expecting the device on AT&T late this summer, but now we learn that it will also sold direct on Dell.com. Customers should be able to purchase the Streak unlocked for around $500 in late July.

Since the device is being sold unlocked, we highly suspect there will be a T-Mobile version available. Dell already said they would produce a model with AWS support (that’s T-Mobile 3G) and we have seen this version pass through the FCC. T-Mobile has already supported other unlocked Android phones like the Nexus One, so there is no reason to think they wouldn’t do the same for Dell’s device.

Even though we have an estimated date and price, Dell is still unsure how to classify the Streak. Some call it a smartphone while others refer to it as a mini tablet or slate. When asked what category he would place the device in, Dell spokesman Ron Garriques said, “it is the largest internet device that fits in your top pocket”.

Your average consumer might be wowed by the monster display, but the hardcore Android nerd will be disappointed by the Streak’s outdated firmware. All reports so far suggest that the Dell Streak will launch with last year’s Android 1.6. An upgrade to Android 2.2 is already being planned, but that will not be available till Q4. If you have to wait till Q4 to receive the Android 2.2 upgrade, then one might as well wait and purchase the next generation of Android phones that we expect this holiday season.

If you are considering a new Android phone, please weigh in and let Dell know what you think of their first attempt at a high-end Android device. Is a five inch display enough to win you over or will the outdated version of Android be a deal-breaker?

Check out the tech demo below for the entire awkward interview from the D8 Conference.

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Source: AllThingsD

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  • http://Website klausMachiavelli

    Upgrade to Android 2.2 and then we’ll see…

  • http://Website joeskie

    Well I have to say. I could care less about the dell mini 5 and I’m shure a lot of you feel the same way. But you HAVE TO she that interview. Its the most spectacular thing ever. I’m talking about the kind of stuff that makes you blush when you sitting at ome one your computer naked watching. That snapy old man and ominosly stupid old lady ask the questions…holy shit…I’m high

  • http://www.alexaesthetics.com alexaesthetics

    its like a playboy bunny, superficially exquisite on the exterior, but too irrelavant on the inside to do anything with but spooge on.

    what a shame.


    • http://Website aj

      ur comment is hilarious but not so sure what u mean by spooge but i probably dont want to know do i

  • SGB101

    i really like this device, the one problem is that i thought id seen the back of bluetooth ear pieces. but this is a really nice piece of kit.

    however, i think if i need to use a bluetooth headset, id like an ipad size tablet, with android :-)

    imagine a duel core ipad style running 2.2 with USB and HDMI, and an ear pece like jack bauers, oooo heyyyy !!! come on HTC sort it ;-)

  • http://Website Chris

    1.6??? Who is going to buy last years OS on a next gen piece of hardware. No thanks the Shadow will be out in a few weeks. my friend at verizon has one right now testing it on the network so should be out soon. Just wait.

  • http://Website Jason

    Yeah, I’m already on an older Android phone, the last thing I’d want to do is update to a newer, older android phone. I want the pretty new stuff of 2.1+ before I would ever consider jumping on any new Android bandwagon.

  • http://Website William Furr

    Well, since it only has 1.6, I guess my interest is based on how long it takes to root and port 2.2 to it. Unlocked is interesting, but at that price I’d prefer to compare to the Notion Ink Adam tablet.

  • http://Website manteka

    I’m not worried about the 1.6 firmware. somebody will probably root it with the stock 2.2 :P

  • http://Website Chancy

    I think I might get this. I hope you guys put a review on it first though.

  • http://Website Roger

    woohoo… now complete with HDMI dock

  • http://Website AJ

    My God that woman is ugly

  • http://Website RIG

    if it has 2.2 when it comes out i will buy it otherwise what is the point of having a device that is almost there.

  • http://Mossbergisawindbagapplesellout JJ

    Mossberg is a Apple homer and a windbag.

  • http://dellstreakhacks.com DellStreakOwner

    wayyy too expensive to be an ipad killer. I got mine dell streak yesterday but i’m loving it…way better the the apple ipad