There's still plenty of hype out there for the Dell Streak. If you don't recall, we did a pretty handy review of the device not too long ago, and we're definitely looking forward to it. With that being said, the retail packaging was strictly for those in the United Kingdom/Europe, so we've still been left in the dark to what it may look like for the State-side launch, which is still rumored to be some time by the end of July. Well, you can finally count your blessings, because here it is. Maybe.
A few weeks back, Apple reported that it have sold more than two million iPads in less than two months. I think we can safely say the market is now validated and there's room for a device that falls between the phone and the PC in the consumer ecosystem. It also means that competitors are not going to cede this market to Apple and the space is going to heat up big time over the next few months. Many of these devices will run Android, among the first out of the gate will be a 5-inch device from Dell called the Streak. The Streak will be offered by carriers in some places and will include telephony in addition to content consumption and creation features. It comes to the US next month as an unlocked device selling for $500 putting it directly in competition with the iPad. (Right off the bat that puts the Streak at a disadvantage in the US. Just ask Nokia how easy it is to sell unlocked $500 devices here.)
Since the first rumors many months back, to Michael Dell flashing his prototype in the street and then a few quiet appearances at trade shows, the Dell Streak has taken its time coming to market. Running Android on a broad, eye-catching 5-inch display, there's little like it on the market and it's been an attention-grabber ever since. Yes, the Streak is a device that certainly prompts questions - among geeks and everyday users alike - but the one we set out to answer is simple: is it any good? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Dell's Streak Android MID - which we unboxed last Friday - has already been rooted, despite only being on the market for a matter of days. The 5-inch tablet actually turns out to be one of the easiest to hack, with Paul from MoDaCo pushing out a new Superboot ROM (based on the standard Streak firmware) that automatically roots the Streak when run for the first time.
Dell have just sent over their Streak Android MID, fresh to the O2 network today, and we've been getting to grips with it the 5-inch Snapdragon-based slate. The company are insistent that this is a tablet, not a smartphone, but of course it really sits somewhere in-between. Either way, it's fast, slick, and - as you quickly figure in the first few minutes of picking it up - great for web browsing.
It's Friday June 4th and it's just gone 9am in the UK - are you heading into your nearest O2 store to pick up the Dell Streak? The first mainstream Android MID has gone on sale in-store and online, priced from free with a new contract. That gets you a 5-inch Snapdragon-based tablet, complete with 3G UMTS, WiFi, GPS and Android 1.6.
The Dell Streak has seen a huge flurry of new photos, announcements, and price points unveiled about its upcoming existence, there's only a few minor details missing. Luckily, one of those isn't the HDMI-toting home dock. Not anymore, thanks to the folks over at Laptop Mag, who managed to get some hands-on time with the peripheral.
Would-be Dell Streak owners in the UK may be anxiously rubbing their hands together in preparation for the Android tablet's availability tomorrow, but their counterparts in the US now know that they'll only have to wait until next month to pick up the MID. Dell's Ron Garrick took to the stage at the D8 conference to demo the Streak, and confirmed that it would go on sale through Dell's online store toward the end of July, priced at around $500.
O2 UK have officially confirmed pricing for the Dell Streak Android MID, which will arrive on their network tomorrow in both 16GB and 32GB flavors. As with The Carphone Warehouse, the Streak will be available from free with a new £25/month agreement; however, that's if you're taking out an O2 data-only plan. If you want voice service, meanwhile, you'll be looking at £35/month minimum if you want a "free" Streak.
Full tariff details after the cut
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).