PC manufacturer Dell will this week hit back at iPad-mania with the introduction of its 5in Streak touch-screen tablet.
Available with O2 mobile contracts and through Carphone Warehouse from Friday (5 June), the Android-powered Streak is pitching for the gap between the 9in iPad and the 4.5in iPhone and promising to deliver the “benefits of a laptop in a pocket friendly size”. It comes with built-in Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth connectivity and has a removable battery, something that is not available on the iPhone. Unlike the iPad, the Streak includes a 5 megapixel camera.
For the technically minded, the new device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset combining communications features with a 1GHz processor. It has 2GB of internal memory and can be expanded using Micro SD cards of up to 32GB.
Carphone Warehouse said the unlocked device would cost £429, but would also be available on a £25 or £35 monthly tariff.
As an Android device, the Streak will have access to third party apps – but not as wide a selection as Apple can offer. While very obviously a consumer product, Dell maintains that the 5in screen is large enough for mobile professionals to review web pages in their native format. Someone using it for turn-by-turn navigation would also be able to handle the device safely.
“The Dell Streak hits the sweet spot between traditional smartphones and larger-screen tablets. Its unique size provides people new ways to enjoy, connect, and navigate their lives,” said Ron Garriques, president, Dell Communication Solutions Group
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