After months of dancing around the details, Dell confirmed that AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) will launch its Android-powered Streak tablet, with a 5-inch screen, for $300 with a two-year contract beginning Aug. 12.
The computer maker said in-store sales will begin Aug. 13, and that the device will be available without a contract for $550. Both companies have for months refused to go on the record about the gadget, even though Dell has given serious indications it would team with the carrier to sell the Streak.
The Streak runs version 1.6 of Google's mobile platform, but Dell said it will be upgraded to Android 2.2 later this year. The device has a 1 GHz Qualcomm (NSYE:QCOM) Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel camera, support for 3G and WiFi, and 2 GB of internal memory. The device will work for voice calls, but Dell emphasized other features like Web browsing and navigation services.
Interestingly, the Streak appears to mark Dell's foray into the app store world. According to Dell's Streak website: "Dell has launched a mobile application store with apps available for the Dell Streak. Visit www.dell.com/mobile or go directly to the store www.dellmobileappstore.com. Apps will also be available via Android Market www.android.com/market."
The Streak represents Dell's first direct salvo into the U.S. mobile market. AT&T also is expected to launch the Dell Aero, an Android-powered phone, but has not given pricing or release date information for that; the Aero was first introduced in March. A Dell spokesman did not immediately respond to questions about the Aero.
According to documents leaked earlier this sprint to the blog Engadget, Dell is planning to develop a range of smartphones running both Android and Microsoft's forthcoming Windows Phone 7 offering.
- see this release
- see this FierceMobileContent article on Dell's app store
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