Dell has confirmed that the only wireless carrier that its Android OS-powered Dell Streak tablet phone is going to fully support will be AT&T.
Users will be able to make voice calls on either T-Mobile or AT&T, and connect to both carrier’s EDGE service, but this smartphone will support only AT&T’s 3G network because T-Mobile’s uses a different range of wireless frequencies.
Still, the Streak is going to offer Wi-Fi, so T-Mobile subscribers could possibly get by using short-range wireless networking at their home and office and the 2.5G standard EDGE when on the move.
As the Streak is going to be a GSM device, Verizon and Sprint customers are going to be completely out in the cold.
Preview of the Dell Streak
Dell’s tablet phone will be well supplied with high-end features, starting with its 5-inch, WVGA (800 x 480 pixel) capacitive touchscreen.
It is going to run Google’s mobile operating system on a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The device is going to debut with Android OS 1.6, but an upgrade to Android OS 2.2 is coming. On top of Google’s standard user interface will be one that Dell has developed.
In addition to support for AT&T’s 3G service, this model will sport Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1. plus a GPS receiver.
The Streak is going to include a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera on its back, and a front-facing one for video conferencing. In addition, it will include a 3.5-mm headphone jack.
The tablet is going to be bundled with a suite of entertainment, communications and productivity software, including a highly-capable web browser, email software, turn-by-turn navigation app, and much more.
Overall, this device is going to be 6 inches x 3.1 inches x 0.4 inches (153 mm x 79 mm x 10 mm).
Coming Very Soon
The Dell Streak is going to be released later this week. The company is allowing interested customers to sign up to be notified of the release, which will also give them the opportunity to order this product a day early.
This device has attracted the attention of those who are looking for a cutting-edge smartphone, small tablet, or PDA who don’t want to sign a service contract with a wireless carrier, as Dell will be selling it directly to the public. However, no contract means no carrier subsidy, so the unlocked version will cost $500.