Dell has announced a local release date and pricing for its 5-inch, Android-based Streak, the device that sits on the border of tablets and smartphones.
A three-month exclusive with Optus has been struck, with the telco offering the Dell handset from 1 October for free on its AU$59 plan, with the user locked into a 24-month contract. The handset will also be available on Optus' AU$79 cap and AU$99 Timeless plans, as well as its AU$49 cap plan with an additional handset fee of AU$7 a month.
Dell says the device will sell for AU$649 stand-alone, and appears to be more serious about the tablet side than the phone — it plans to release a 7-inch version and a 10-inch version is rumoured to be coming next year.
The tablet features a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5MP camera with dual-LED flash, 2GB internal memory and will be sold with a 16GB microSD card. At this stage it is understood that the Streak still runs Android 1.6, although we are confirming with Dell if this will be updated to 2.2 in time for the Australian launch.
Update: Dell has confirmed that the Streak will be released on Android 1.6 in Australia, but has asserted that it is "designed to support future platform upgrades and we'll have more information about the update soon".