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Dell launches smartphone-tablet Streak in India

Dell today announced the launch of its smartphone- tablet device ‘Dell Streak’ in India, in association with Qualcomm and Tata DOCOMO.

The Dell Streak is a five-inch Android-based tablet combining the features of a smartphone and a tablet and the company said its designed to provide people the best ‘on-the- go’ entertainment, social connection, and navigation experience.

The compact Dell Streak, priced at Rs 34,990, is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8250 mobile processor . The five-inch screen is ideal for experiencing games and applications, without squinting or compromising portability, it said.

Built-in 3G HSUPA, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity makes multitasking effortless and enables easy downloading of music and helps user stay connected with friends and family through e-mail, text, IM, and voice calls, the company said.

Executive Director & General Manager, Consumer, Dell India, Mahesh Bhalla said, “Dell Streak hits the sweet spot between traditional smartphones and larger-screen tablets. People today want to carry their lives with them – they want to discover, capture and share content in real time.”

Dell Streak Unveiled for Rs. 34,990 in India

*Dell Streak Unveiled for about Rs. 34,990 in India

*Sports a 5-inch capacitive display, 5 MP auto focus camera with dual LED flash

Dell has just launched its smartphone-tablet device Streak in India. Arriving with a bang, the Dell Streak would be sold in India for a whooping Rs. 34,990. This device is available with Tata DoCoMo post paid connection with 500MB Free data connection usage for the first six months. This tablet-smartphone has a 5-inch multi-touch supporting capacitive display. Running Android 1.6 mobile op, the Dell Streak is expected to get Android 2.2 Froyo update before the end of this year.

Streak’s surprise arrival might shake Samsung Galaxy Tab’s launch which is due any time this month.

Amongst the hustle of Apple iPad and the freshly announced Samsung Galaxy Tab, the new Dell Streak makes an early official entry to lure the Indian consumers. A blend of tablet with smartphone, Streak can actually make and receive voice calls. The 5-inch capacitive multi-touch supporting Gorilla glass screen offers 800×480 pixel resolution. Its Gorilla glass screen offers high-quality crystal clear image and is scratch-resistant. Dell has added ultra-intelligent facial proximity and ambient light sensors that auto-adjust the screen brightness and also save the battery life accordingly.

The Dell Streak houses 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 processor along with 512MB ROM and 512MB SDRAM. For the shutterbugs, Streak carries a 5 megapixel auto focus camera with dual LED flash and a VGA front facing camera. A video chat function, to make the best of front facing VGA video camera, is on the anvil. The tablet will also have 2GB internal storage that is meant only for file system and OS.

Yes, Dell Streak runs Android 1.6 which is a bit surprising but the company promises to release Android 2.2 Froyo for it soon. Last month, UK based Dell Streak owners received Android 2.1 update.

Take a look at basic specifications of the Dell Streak:

  • Sharp 5-inch capacitive multi-touch Gorilla glass WVGA (800* 480) display
  • 1GHz Snapdragon ARM-based mobile processor from Qualcomm
  • UMTS / GPRS / EDGE class 12 GSM radio with link speeds of HSDPA 7.2 Mbps / HSUPA
  • 5 MP auto focus camera with dual LED flash
  • VGA front-facing camera enables video chat functionality down the road
  • User-removable (and replaceable) battery
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Integrated 3G + Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) + Bluetooth 2.1 (think headsets, external keyboards, stereo headsets, etc.)
  • Micro SD slot expandable up to 32GB.

The one thing we aren’t sure about is whether the Streak will offer turn-by-turn directions with Street View through Google Maps app in India.

Tata DoCoMo Post Paid account holders will get 500MB free per month data usage for the first six months. Hopefully, when 3G is launched in India, more users would be able to enjoy faster mobile web on the tablet. Dell is considering 7-inch and 10-inch tablet computers as well. The Dell Streak would be available for pre-booking at Dell Exclusive Stores, Tata DoCoMo Dive In Centers and authorized retailers.

With the arrival of Dell Streak, all eyes are now set on Samsung Galaxy Tab and Apple iPad tablets to be launched here officially. As of now, we know that the price of 7-inch display bearing Galaxy Tab would be somewhere around Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 40,000. It is speculated that the Apple iPad might be launched officially for a higher price than that in India. Even though, there are no signals of Apple iPad’s official launch in India, it is available for about Rs. 32,000 to Rs. 36,000 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model.

For O2 UK and AT&T So most probably would be similar for India also
Also known as Dell Mini 5

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2010, May
Status Available. Released 2010, June
Size Dimensions 152.9 x 79.1 x 10 mm
Weight 220 g
Display Type TFT capacitive touchscreen
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 5.0 inches
– Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
– Multi-touch input method
– Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes
– 3.5 mm audio jack
Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Practically unlimited
Internal 16 GB storage, 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM
Card slot microSD, up to 32GB
Data GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 12
3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Yes v2.1 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, v2.0
Camera Primary 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash
Features Geo-tagging
Video Yes
Secondary Yes
Features OS Android OS, v1.6, upgradable
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, IM
Browser HTML
Radio No
Games No, downloadable
Colors Black, Red
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, MIDP 2.0
– Digital compass
– Social networking integration
– MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
– YouTube, Google Talk
– QuickOffice document viewer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Organizer
– Voice memo/dial
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1530 mAh
Talk time

Dell unveiled 23-inch Inspiron One all-in-one and Zino HD

Dell has unveiled two new products that will join the Inspiron family – Inspiron One and Inspiron Zino HD. Before you misunderstand, the Inspiron Zino HD is the same Mac Mini like desktop PC but with an Inspiron branding. On the other hand, Inspiron One is the first all-in-one PC to join the Inspiron lineup. Dell has added a special user interface dubbed Dell Stage touchscreen UI for the Inspiron One. Both these Inspiron devices are now available in North America.

The arrival of Dell Inspiron One reminds us that all-in-one PCs are not dead just yet. This all-in-one PC has full HD supporting 23-inch LED-Backlit LCD display that also works as a touchscreen. Inspiron One is a sleek desktop that can be placed in your living room as a multimedia entertainment powerhouse. The widescreen color display of Inspiron One supports 1080p full HD videos and also comes with an option to choose a quad-core processor. The Inspiron One offers HDMI port that can be used to connect it to a larger HD TV for family viewing. Inside the sleek body, Inspiron One packs Wi-Fi, Webcam, and optical DVD drive that can be upgraded to Blu-ray Combo drive.

For adding more fun and increasing productivity with the 23-inch touchscreen bearing Inspiron One, Dell has added a new special Stage user interface. Dell Stage is a user interface that packs in easy-to-use applications like Touch Instruments, You Paint, Sticky Notes and Touch Cam. This Stage UI can be used to organize and view the photos, music and videos existing on the system hard drive or downloaded. However, certain applications that connect users to various video streaming services like Netflix, Blockbuster and others won’t be available outside U.S.

Even social networking capabilities have been added to a few of these applications to share content online over social networking websites. In terms of internal hardware, Inspiron One packs AMD Athlon II X4 processor with 45W TDP rating, up to 8GB DDR3 1333MHz memory, up to 1TB SATA HDD storage, and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 540 graphics card with 1GB dedicated GDDR3 video memory.

Select retailers in U.S. would be selling the Inspiron One at a price starting at $800 (Rs. 36,500 approx.).

The new Inspiron Zino HD is a revised Zino HD ie old one. The Inspiron Zino HD will feature new quad-core AMD Phenom II X4 P920 processor along with up to 8GB DDR3 memory. Touted to be mini powerhouse entertainment PC, this Inspiron Zino HD can be hooked to large screen HD TVs. Dell has packed Wi-Fi with 802.11n support, 2.1HD audio of up to 7.1THX suitable for real life-like movie experiences, multimedia card reader, four USB 2.0 ports, two eSATA ports, VGA port, HDMI port and LAN port.

Dell offers wireless keyboard and Infrared Remote Control to enjoy TV or web surfing from anywhere in the living room. If you don’t like the standard black lid of Inspiron Zino HD, you can choose one from other three colors. Inspiron Zino HD is available at a price starting at $300 (Rs. 13,700 approx.).

In Short Details:

Dell Inspiron One 23

On the hardware side, the Dell Inspiron One 23 comes with a built-in 2.0 MP Webcam with microphone; an optical drive (up to Blu-Ray Combo); an eight-way media card reader; and two-by-four watt speakers with THX TruStudio. An optional remote is available, for access from across the room.

Other specs include an AMD Athlon II X 4 (45W) processor; ATI Mobility Radeon HD 540 graphics with up to 1GB DDR3; an up to 1TB SATA hard disk drive (HDD); and up to 8GB DDR3 memory (non-ECC only) 1333MHz.

Abundant back and side ports include six USB 2.0 slots and ports for VGA, HDMI, SPDIF, line-out rear audio, and 10/100/1000 Ethernet, for example.

Revamped Dell Zino HD

The updated Inspiron Zino HD also unveiled today offers the same graphics capabilities, optical drive options, and HDD as the Inspiron One 23, together with processor options of up to AMD Vision Quad Core Phenom II X 4 P920.

“We’re upping the ante for home entertainment,” contended Anne Camden, Dell’s public relations manager. In addition, available memory has been increased to up to 8GB DDR3 (Non-ECC only) 1066MHz, Camden told me.

Also included in the -inch chassis are integrated WiFi of up to 802.11n; 2.1 HD audio of up to THX 7.1; a built-in four-in-one media card reader; four USB slots; two eSATA ports; the new SPDIF port; and ports for VGA, HDMI, and 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet, for instance.

Options for the Zino HD include a range of Dell USB and wireless keyboards and mice. One RF wireless keyboard option integrates both a mouse and a remote.

Both of Dell’s new PCs are available with the Windows 7 operating system, up to Professional 64-bit Edition.

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