Where do touch phones end and tablets begin? Well, the 5-inch Dell Streak is certainly bound to push the border further than the HTC HD2 and its 4.3-inch screen. The tablet moniker is actually misleading since the Streak has got full GSM voice and data capabilities along with 3G and HSPA under its belt. That sounds very phone-like to us.
The 10mm-thin Dell Streak runs a customized Android 1.6 Cupcake UI. No worries though, Dell should deliver a v2.2 Froyo update later this year for a serious speed boost. Still, the Snapdragon processor should be fast enough even at Android 1.6, though the 256MB RAM seems a bit low, some smartphones have double that amount.
The screen on the Streak is a 5-inch TFT with WVGA resolution (800 x 480) with multi-touch support. The sheer size is definitely an edge in web browsing versus phones and it also has a built-in GPS receiver with Google Maps.
Other features include a 5MP auto-focus camera with dual-LED flash and a secondary camera for video calling (take that iPad). The retail package also comes with a dock with HDMI out.
Watch Kevin Andrew from Dell talk about the Dell Streak and give you a quick video demo. First he calls it a tablet, then he goes on to say he’s used it as a primary phone. Gosh, this thing weighs 220 grams so that really shows some dedication. Kevin naturally admits he's used a Bluetooth headset to do most of the talking on the Streak.
The Dell Streak will be available exclusively on O2 UK starting on 4 June but pricing info hasn’t been announced yet. It should be available from O2 stores and also Carphone Warehouse and Dell online stores.