TIN BOX FLOGGER Dell has announced it will partner with mobile operator O2 to launch its Streak tablet device in the UK.
The five-inch touchscreen tablet device was first shown at CES in January running Google's open source Android operating system. Since that time, Dell has managed to tidy things up a little and interest O2 and mobile phone seller Carphone Warehouse to peddle the device from June.
Beneath the screen is a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, the same one found in Google's Nexus One and other smartphones. With WiFi, 3G and Bluetooth, the out of the box connectivity options put Apple's Ipad to shame. A 5 megapixel autofocus camera with flash along with expandable MicroSD card storage to supplement the 2GB built into the device round out the specifications.
Dell wasn't able to get back to us by press time regarding what version of Android the Streak will be running, however it did post an update saying that Android 2.2 will be pushed over-the-air later this year, which would bring support for Adobe's Flash.
The second largest PC brand has managed to steal a march on its traditional rivals, Acer and HP, with the Streak. Acer seem to be in a state of denial regarding its commitment to getting a tablet out the door, while HP is sending out mixed signals about whether it will load WebOS onto a device.
The Streak's five-inch screen actually has a lower pixel per inch count than some Android smartphones. Whether consumers will deem the extra two inches or so of physical screen size enough to warrant carrying around another device remains to be seen.
Due to the bundled 3G connectivity of the Streak, O2 is likely to subsidise the device and use it to entice punters into signing up for overpriced data tariffs.
Pricing hasn't been released yet, however expect it to follow the lead of Apple's Ipad, which will be launched in the UK later this week. µ
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