Dell has made its entry into the tablet market official today and we can now expect to see the 3G enabled smartphone and tablet in the UK as early as June and later this summer in the US.
Dell formally announced the device today on their official company blog. Boasting a 5 inch touch screen, the Streak will be almost half the size of Appleās 9.7 inch iPad.
“I’ve been at Dell for 16 years, and I don’t think there’s ever been more buzz around a single Dell product than this,” wrote Lionel Menchaca, chief blogger for the Round Rock, Tex., company. “In my view, that’s for good reason. Hardware and design-wise, this thing impresses. Add the ever-increasing capability that Android brings to the equation, and you’ve got a mobile device that offers a ton of flexibility while looking cool in the process.”
The Dell Streak runs a customized version of Google’s Android mobile operating system, allowing multitouch gestures and adding “Dell user interface enhancements.” It also has access to the nearly 40,000 applications on the Android Marketplace, Microsoft Exchange connectivity, turn-by-turn navigation with Google Maps, and support for Google Voice.
Over-the-air upgrades will bring the latest software to the platform, including Adobe Flash 10.1 and Android 2.2 “later this year,” he wrote.
No U.S. carriers or partners have been announced, nor has Dell revealed any pricing on data plans or hardware. Menchaca simply noted that further information is forthcoming.