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Free Dell Streak on contract confirms UK retailer

Free Dell Streak on contract confirms UK retailer

UK retailer The Carphone Warehouse has confirmed pricing for the Dell Streak, set to go on sale at the end of this week.  The Android-based MID will be priced from free with a new, £25 ($36) per month agreement - or £35 ($51) per month including unlimited data - or, alternatively, for a standalone price of £429 ($620).

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RAmos W7 Android MID ships, gets played with in China

RAmos W7 Android MID ships, gets played with in China

It's been a long time since we first saw the RAmos W7 Android MID, but the distinctive chromed device is finally shipping.  Based around a 4.8-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, a 600MHz Rockchip RK2808 processor and 8GB of storage, the really surprising part is the price: the W7 is apparently on sale in China for just 999 Yuan ($146).

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Dell Streak O2 debut on June 4th

Dell Streak O2 debut on June 4th

O2 UK have announced the launch date for the Dell Streak, the 5-inch Android MID which made its official debut yesterday.  According to an update to the O2 overview page, the Streak will land on June 4th 2010.

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Dell Streak official: O2 UK in June, US this Summer

Dell Streak official: O2 UK in June, US this Summer

Dell have finally confirmed availability for the Dell Streak - the Android MID formerly known as the Mini 5 - with the 5-inch tablet hitting O2 UK in early June, followed by a US launch later this summer.  Packing a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, WVGA capacitive touchscreen, 5-megapixel autofocus camera and front-facing video camera, the Streak will also get an update to Android 2.2 Froyo with Flash 10.1 later in 2010.  Check out our hands-on first impressions - and some demo video - of the Streak after the cut.

Video demo after the cut

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Huawei SmaKit S7 Android MID capable of 720p HD [Video]

Huawei SmaKit S7 Android MID capable of 720p HD [Video]

As we said about Aigo's E500 Android MID earlier this week, the reason the Huawei SmaKit S7 has us so intrigued is because Huawei themselves have already brought Android-based devices to market.  The metal-bodied SmaKit S7 runs Android 2.1 Eclair and, while its exact processor is unknown, is capable of smooth 720p HD video playback according to zol.com.cn.

Video demo after the cut

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eviGroup Wallet Android MID on sale now for €199

eviGroup Wallet Android MID on sale now for €199

French company eviGroup have begun selling their Android-based Wallet MID, with prices for the 5-inch touchscreen device kicking off at €199 ($246).  The Wallet has an 800 x 480 resistive touchscreen, WiFi a/b/g/n, 1GB of flash storage and a microSD card slot; it runs Android 1.5 on a Samsung ARM 6410 533/667MHz processor.

Video demo after the cut

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Viliv N5 MID launch delayed until June

Viliv N5 MID launch delayed until June

Bad news if you've been holding out for Viliv's N5 MID; according to the company, the clamshell Windows 7 PC now won't see its official launch until June 2010, likely meaning availability won't be until July at the earliest.  No reason for the delay has been given, but so far the 4.8-inch MID hasn't even shown up for preorder at the usual importer suspects like Dynamism.

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Aigo E500 Android MID hits Chinese stores

Aigo E500 Android MID hits Chinese stores

Aigo's Android-based E500 MID has gone up for sale in China, priced at 1,599 Yuan ($235) and offering a 5-inch touchscreen, 600MHz ARM dual-core CPU and 720p HD video support.  Connectivity for the tablet includes WiFi b/g, USB 2.0 and a microSD card slot, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack, in addition to 8GB of built-in memory.

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Dell Streak (aka Mini 5) due O2 release June; AT&T launch Summer 2010

Dell Streak (aka Mini 5) due O2 release June; AT&T launch Summer 2010

Dell CEO Michael Dell has confirmed launch details for the Dell Streak aka the Dell Mini 5 MID.  The outspoken exec took to the stage at the Citrix Synergy conference and announced that the voice-enabled handheld would "be available starting next month, first with our partner O2 Telefonica in Europe, then later this summer with our pretty good partner here in the United States, AT&T."

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Sharp IS01 1GHz Android MID developer edition arrives in Japan

Sharp IS01 1GHz Android MID developer edition arrives in Japan

Back when Sharp announced the KDDI IS01 Android-based MID, alongside the consumer device they also promised a version tailored for developers.  That's gone on sale in Japan now, with Sharp hoping to drum up custom applications suited to the 1GHz Snapdragon MID.  Unfortunately, it's not all good news: while the IS01's spec sheet is positively bulging, developers won't have access to all of the goodies.

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Archos 5 gets unofficial Maemo hack [Video]

Archos 5 gets unofficial Maemo hack [Video]

Maemo might be evolving into MeeGo, but it's going by a circuitous route that takes in some Archos 5 play along the way, albeit unofficially.  A group of Archos tinkerers have been persuading Maemo (in its Mer form) to run on both the Archos 5 Internet Tablet (usually found running Android) and the Archos 5 Internet Media Tablet, and while it's not a perfect implementation it does at least function.

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Intel Moorestown graduates: Atom Z6xx promises smartphone/MID/tablet prowess

Intel Moorestown graduates: Atom Z6xx promises smartphone/MID/tablet prowess

We've been talking about Moorestown for months now, but the platform has finally come of age and matured into Intel's Atom Z6xx series of mobile processors.  The new 45nm chips currently range from 1.5GHz through to 1.9GHz, and bundle Intel GMA600 3D graphics, video encode and decode, as well as memory (up to 2GB) and display controllers onto a single SoC; that's good enough for PC-style multitasking, 1080p Full HD video and lengthy battery life in smartphones, MIDs, tablets and smartbooks.

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