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Michael Dell Confirms Streak UK Launch On O2

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We've seen the Dell Streak ad infinitum since it was first unveiled at CES in January so it's about time we saw it released, yes? Thankfully the man with the most clout also agrees...

Speaking to the Citrix Synergy conference in San Francisco's Moscone Center West (a building particularly popular for Apple launches), Michael Dell demoed the device before announcing "This will be available starting next month, first with our partner 02 Telefonica in Europe, then later this summer with our pretty good partner here in the United States, AT&T."

While it has previously released the Mini 3i in the US unsubsidised, the news means the Streak becomes the first Dell smartphone to go officially on sale in either country with backing of network partners. Given the ambitions of its Thunder Flash and Smoke Android handsets and Lightning for Windows Phone 7 it is unlikely to be the last.

Dell didn't provide an exact date for the Streak, but if we are to get it before "later this summer" that should mean within a month or two (please someone remind the British weather of this fact).

As for the Streak itself, it is the largest Android smartphone to date. In fact with a massive 5in 800 x 480 capacitive multi-touch display it could arguably be the smallest Android tablet to date. Backing this up are a dual LED flash 5MP camera, front facing VGA camera and all the connectivity bells and whistles we have come to expect (HSDPA, WiFi, GPS, etc).

Dell also has 7in and 10in Android tablets lined up for late 2010/early 2011, but until then who is prepared to slap down their cash for a streak and look like the biggest prat since Dom Joly...?

Update: At the request of jopey, here's a picture (courtesy of PCOnline.com.cn) to give the Streak a sense of scale when alongside an iPhone 3G/3GS.

Links:
eWeek
Via Engadget

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