Dell have announced a partnerships with Optus to sell the Dell Stream in Australia from October 1st. The Streak will go on sale for $0 upfront on a $59 cap or those looking for more freedom can buy it outright for A$649.
Dell are calling the Streak a 5 inch tablet, but that seems to be more of a marketing effort to cash in on the tablet hype rather than it being an actual tablet offering. The size seems a little awkward its really a massive smart phone. Dell say the Streak’s size hits a sweet spot with a “spacious 5-inch screen is ideal for experiencing thousands of Android Market widgets, games and applications, all without squinting or compromising portability”.
Unfortunately the Dell Streak will launch running Android 1.6 (Donut) with Dell user interface enhancements, but will get an over the air update to Android 2.2 (Froyo) later this year. At that stage the Streak will support Adobe Flash 10.1, something not many other devices can. What that experience is actually like, remains to be seen, only time will tell.
The Dell Streak is powered by Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon processor and while the battery is replaceable, there’s no word on how much life users can expect. With a 5 inch screen, and running an old version of android, it’d be smart to keep a charged second battery close by.
DELL STREAK FEATURES
- Integrated Google Maps, 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
- Removable battery, built-in Wi-Fi, mobile broadband and Bluetooth connectivity options
- 2GB of internal storage
DELL STREAK SPECIFICATIONS
More information at http://dell.com.au/streak
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