Here’s some good news for all those who are vying for something that’s more portable then the Apple iPad but can still let them have a good tablet experience – for here comes the Dell Streak 5 or just Mini 5. The founder and CEO of Dell, Michael Dell had this to reveal in his speech at the Citrix Synergy conference. In fact, the Streak was revealed in the most dramatic manner for when speaking about “the device we use to access our information shouldn’t matter anymore,” he added, “Actually, I’ve got a new little device right here.” This was followed by Dell actually whipping out the Streak 5 from his pocket to a startled audience.
However, Dell was in no mood to reveal other details apart from the immediate launch plans. So from what is known as of now, the Dell Streak 5 will go on sale in Europe from next month onwards with European wireless carrier Telefonica O2 providing telecom support. Similarly, Dell has partnered with AT&T for its US operations when it makes its debut there later in the summer. However, no pricing details were revealed for either Europe or the US nor was the executive committal about specific launch dates.
Apart from this, the Dell Streak 5 is likely to continue with the specs that it was touted to come with. So, as of now, the Dell Streak 5 incorporates a 5 inch WVGA multittouch touchscreen and features capacitive buttons up front. The display comes with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and runs the latest version of the Android, which means it can be the Android 2.1 version doing duty on the Streak 5 or maybe even Android 2.2 Froyo. It has a built in 5 mp auto focus camera with LED flash along with a front-facing VGA camera. At its core is a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor. Connectivity options on the Streak includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and is 3G enabled. It supports GPS and has 1.63GB of internal storage capacity, which can be increased further via the microSD card slot. Powering the device will be a 1300mAh batterypack.
Apart from being a tablet, the Streak 5 can also double up as a samrtphone, though there are doubts in some quarters whether at 8-ounce and with a thickness of 0.39 inches, will it be compact enough to be used as a replacement for a phone or with just a 5 inch screen, if it can take up the job of a laptop pc. While its a bit too hefty for being a smartphone alone, its too small to be branded a laptop replacement. However, there are reports in some quarters of Dell having a slew of devices with bigger sized screens up its sleeves that will make them a worthy contender in the Tablet PC segment.
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Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email