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Michael Dell Confirms Streak UK Launch On O2

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Michael Dell Confirms Streak UK Launch On O2

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.



Via Engadget

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May 14, 2010, 7:50 am

It would be nice to have a picture of another phone next it (to scale) if you are going to say it's massive. It's tricky to judge just from those press release images on their own.


May 14, 2010, 10:43 am

Man that thing needs a kickstand.


May 14, 2010, 11:27 am

Am I the only one who thinks it looks very sleek? I could easily imagine an Apple on the back of it.


May 14, 2010, 12:25 pm

@jopey http://www.engadget.com/photos...

Lots of comparison shots there.


May 14, 2010, 12:30 pm

Holy Moley, that's a whopper.

"Hey, is that a Streak in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?"


May 14, 2010, 12:44 pm

I was told the Desire was "large" so went into a phone shop the other day to see what "large" was & to be honest it was a lot smaller than I was expecting.

So this phone is even larger, but I guess it depends on the size of your pockets!

I do like the fact that with netbooks getting smaller & phones getting larger the size difference is becoming blurred & we will soon be able to get the size that suits us.

Yes, somtimes size really does matter!


May 14, 2010, 1:50 pm

You would certainly need a big pocket for that.


May 14, 2010, 2:35 pm

Looks good. Now can someone make a single DIN sized dashboard mount for it, with a motorized tray and audio connectivity. Make calls, play music, satnav - this and similar devices would be perfect for a car head unit, with the added bonus of then just taking it with you when you're parked up.


May 14, 2010, 3:06 pm

At least lugging it around everywhere would keep you fit.


May 14, 2010, 3:21 pm

The iPhone actually looks a little dated next to that - how about a side-by-side with the new iPhone? ;)

I'd feel like a bit of a wally talking on it, but I don't doubt it'd be great for browsing.


May 14, 2010, 4:41 pm

@piesforyou: It's not really that heavy.

@Ben: Indeed, I can't really see this being used without some kind of bluetooth headset. "Wally" doesn't do justice to how silly one would look.

Peter 20

May 14, 2010, 5:29 pm

Looks beautiful and the fact that it will run Android is an icing on the cake. But personally I think it's a little too big to be carried around in a pocket and a little to small to be an in home only tablet. So it looks like another ambiguous device that won't get any selling power.


May 14, 2010, 8:50 pm

Why the eye-catching Dell logo on the back? Don't design companies know that less is more when it comes to smart phones?


May 16, 2010, 10:11 pm

Nice style, take note Apple.


May 17, 2010, 5:25 am

3 is a bit small, 5 is a bit large, why didn't they make a 4" version that'd be a much more practical size.

Luan Bach

May 18, 2010, 2:13 am

@HK, Samsung's i9000 Galaxy S is the phone you are looking for. I've been playing around with one and it's fantastic.


June 2, 2010, 11:23 pm

As a regular critic of Apple, I must say that Dell now have them beat - in the awful product name stakes. Streak? A Streak of... what exactly? About the only positive association I can think of is streak-y bacon. I suggest the next tablet computer be named the Toss (because you can toss it in your bag, of course).

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