Dell has announced that it is going to start selling the the Dell Streak directly to the public in July. This upcoming tablet phone will run Google’s Android OS on a 1 GHz processor and sport a 5-inch touchscreen.
CEO Michael Dell has said that AT&T is going to introduce his company’s device at some point this summer, but Dell is also going to be selling an unlocked version that can be purchased without a service contract.
However, no contract means no carrier subsidy, so the unlocked version will sell for $500. The price for AT&T’s version with contract hasn’t been announced, but is likely to be significantly less.
AT&T and T-Mobile?
AT this point, it’s not clear what wireless carriers will be supported by the version of the Streak Dell is going to offer directly to the public.
Given Michael Dell’s comments, AT&T support is a safe bet, and earlier this year, the FCC approved a version of this device with T-Mobile USA’s special 3G frequencies. Because this model will be sold unlocked, it could support both these carriers.
Overview of the Dell Streak
The Streak 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.
This tablet phone will sport voice and 3G cellular-wireless access, and will also include 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).