If you’ve been keeping your beady eye fixed on Dell’s Android-powered Streak tablet, the good news is that you’ll be able to pick one up for free from the Carphone Warehouse.
Well, when we say ‘free’, we naturally don’t mean that they’ll be dishing ’em out to passers by, but that you’ll be able to bag one if you sign up for a monthly data plan with 02.
The minimum contract is a £25 per month for a data-only plan or £35 per month for a voice and data contract – but if you’re the kind of free spirit that laughs in the face of The Man’s contracts, you can buy the thing outright for £429.
The Dell Streak is due to be busting out of UK stores on June 4th, with the wee 5 inch tablet packing a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G connectivity, all running on Google Android 1.6 (with a Froyo update in the wings).
Here’s the full press release:
The Dell Streak Tablet arrives at The Carphone Warehouse
The Carphone Warehouse is today announcing that it will be the exclusive independent retailer of the Dell Streak Tablet at launch in the UK from June 4 2010. Available on O2, the Android-based tablet offers power and portability to enable people to watch, surf, connect, listen and play on the move.
The Dell Streak leverages Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon mobile processor to combine the functionality, performance, and benefits of a laptop in a pocket-friendly size. The spacious 5-inch screen is ideal when browsing the internet, enabling users to view web pages as they were intended. Plus, the Streak will be able to support future internet plug-ins, such as Flash 10.1 and video chat applications through over-the-air updates.
There’s built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity, enabling easy access to download music, update social networking status’ in real-time, and stay connected to friends and family through e-mail, text, IM, and voice calls. The integrated Google Maps provides turn-by-turn navigation and street and satellite views, while additional widgets, games and applications can also be downloaded from the 30,000 plus offered in the Google Android Market.
Andrew Harrison, UK CEO of The Carphone Warehouse said, “The Dell Streak represents the start of a very exciting technological advancement. The move into tablets means we can offer our customers the functionality of laptops combined with the portability of mobile phones, creating an entirely new range of products that will allow our customers to stay connected on the go. As development progresses, we look forward to increasing this range, so customers can be sure they are getting the very latest models on the market.”
Ron Garriques, president, Dell Communication Solutions Group said “The Dell Streak hits the sweet spot between traditional smartphones and larger-screen tablets. Its unique size provides people new ways to enjoy, connect, and navigate their lives.”
More Dell Streak facts, specs and stats:
Size and weight
Height – 152.9 mm
Width – 79.1 mm
Depth – 9.98 mm
800 x 480 WVGA
In-cell TFT LCD supporting multi-touch
5.0 Megapixel colour rear-facing camera with video capture
Auto-focus and dual LED flash
Secondary VGA front-facing camera
Video supported formats
H.263/H.264, 3GP, MPEG4, WMV
Audio supported formats
MP3, WMA, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, Midi, WAV
Android v1.6 (multi-touch UI)
1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250
ROM – 512 MB
RAM – 256 MB
1 user accessible MicroSD™ cardslot
2GB (for system & applications files only – not user accessible)
UMTS 900/2100 & UMTS 850/1900/2100
HSDPA 7.2Mbps / HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
Bluetooth® 2.1 EDR
Power and battery
3.5mm stereo audio jack
Ambient light sensor
Capacitive sensor keys
Home dock with HDMI out
Travel, car and wall chargers