Dell's Streak tablet headed to U.K. first

The 5-inch Android-based Streak is expected to hit stores in Britain in early June, and the U.S. by the end of summer.

Dell Streak
The Dell Streak will hit stores in the U.K. in June, and the U.S. later this summer. Pricing has not yet been announced. Dell

Finally, we have solid details on Dell's tablet.

After a vague press conference announcing the device at CES in January, followed by months of leaked details , we now have almost the full story on what is officially called the Streak.

As previously stated by Dell, it's a 5-inch touch screen tablet that will run the Android operating system. On Tuesday, Dell said that the tablet will later be upgraded to Android version 2.2 , just announced at Google I/O. The device comes with an ARM-based Snapdragon chipset and 1GHz processor, 2GB of storage (expandable to 32GB with a MicroSD card), a 5-megapixel camera, a front-facing camera, removable battery, and Wi-Fi, 3G, and Bluetooth connectivity.

For now, the only 3G service provider signed up is O2, a British carrier. That means the Streak will go on sale in the U.K. first, in early June, and not in the U.S. until later this summer. A U.S. carrier has not yet been announced.

Pricing also remains a mystery for now. Dell says O2 will announce that right before the Streak goes on sale next month.

By making its debut in June, Dell will beat Hewlett-Packard to market with a touch screen tablet--though availability in one country isn't enough to establish that much of a foothold. HP had been making plans for its Windows 7 Slate, but has been silent on that product's status since announcing plans to acquire Palm in April. More recently HP has said that a tablet based on Palm's WebOS mobile operating system will debut sometime after the acquisition closes in late July and before the end of its fiscal year in October.

By that time, it appears Dell will be readying a second tablet. Earlier reports indicated that Dell is working on a larger version of the Streak, a 7-inch touch screen tablet to be called Looking Glass.

Update 9:50 a.m. PDT: A reader correctly reminded me that I should have noted that Dell is not the first with an Android tablet. That would be Archos, which released a very similar 5-inch Android tablet called the Archos 5 last fall. The 32GB version was originally sold for $369, which could give some indication of where Dell will target the price of the Streak.

About the author

Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.

 

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