Computer maker Dell hasn’t been very good at keeping it’s plans for portable tablet devices secret: reports and detailed specs have been floating around for some months and even shown it off as a Web-capable “companion device” in public at CES. But now Dell is making it official: the company is launching the Dell Streak—formally known as the Mini 5—on O2 in the United Kingdom this June, with availability in the United States scheduled for “later this summer.” The company is keen that the Android-powered device not be called a “smartphone;” instead, they think of it as a small tablet device designed to provide mobile entertainment, navigation, and social connectivity without the overhead of a full-fledged notebook or netbook computer.
“The Dell Streak hits the sweet spot between traditional smartphones and larger-screen tablets,” said Dell’s Communications Solutions Group president Ron Garriques, in a statement. “Its unique size provides people new ways to enjoy, connect, and navigate their lives.”
The Dell Streak runs Android—Dell isn’t saying what version, but Android 2.2 with Flash 10.1 will be available later this year as an update—and runs a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. The unit features a sizable 5-inch capacitive multitouch WVGA (800 by 480-pixel) display (protected by damage-resistant Gorilla Glass), features a 5 megapixel autofocus camera, 2 GB of built-in storage (with microSD expansion for up to 32 GB more). For connectivity, the Streak has the requisite Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on board, but also packs GSM 3G connectivity with HSDPA. Oh, and the Streak will ship with cushions made from compostable bamboo—just so Dell gets some green points out of the deal.
The Streak will sport a customized version of Android with “Dell user interface enhancements,” along with support for Google Maps, Google Voice, everyone’s favorite social networking services, and (of course) the Android Marketplace.
Dell hasn’t announced pricing for the Steak, but it will be available in early June in the UK at O2 stores, Carphone Warehouse, and from Dell’s own UK site. No word yet on dates, pricing, or carrier partners for a U.S. launch.