We were starting to wonder if the Dell Streak was put on indefinite hold, but a press release was sent out today which announced the device goes on pre-order this week and officially launches August 13th. The Dell Streak will be priced at $299 with a new two year contract or $549.99 without.
Right now it appears the device will only be sold on the Dell Mobile website and not in AT&T stores, although that could change in the future.
It still appears that the Streak with launch with the ancient Android 1.6, but Dell is quick to point out that it “was designed with the future in mind to support future software, application and platform upgrades”. An upgrade to Android 2.2 is said to be planned for later this year and I believe Dell will make good on that promise.
Dell has priced the Streak at the high end of the Android market, but they believe the 5 inch display is the defining feature and people will pay extra for it. The Streak also features a front facing camera and HDMI out (with dock), which are considered premium features.
Android phones sold directly to customers and not through a carrier’s retail stores have traditionally not moved a lot of units, so it will be interesting to see if Dell can make the Streak a success.
Now that we finally have the launch details, let us know what you think of Dell’s first U.S. Android phone. Will anyone plop down their cash on the pre-order or is time to wait and see how Dell handles their Android updates?Show Press Release
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.”
* 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 contractâ€ , 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.
“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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