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 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|
|Status||Available. Released 2010, June|
|Size||Dimensions||152.9 x 79.1 x 10 mm|
|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|
|– 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|
|3G||HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g|
|Bluetooth||Yes v2.1 with A2DP|
|Camera||Primary||5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash|
|Features||OS||Android OS, v1.6, upgradable|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, IM|
|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
– Voice memo/dial
|Battery||Standard battery, Li-Ion 1530 mAh|