Dell Streak, the 5-inch over-sized phone or under-sized tablet is finally finding its way to Australia with an exclusive three month deal starting October with Optus(which launched in the UK in June).
Matt Telfer, Dell Australia’s general manager for indirect and telecommunications channels, said: “It really is an all-in-one device that delivers a very good browsing experience and works as a phone…It’s a tablet that you can make a phone call on.”
Optus will offer it for $0 up front on a two year $59 per month contract, or will sell it outright for $649 from 1 October. The phone will be exclusive to Optus for three months. Telfer said: “We have no further plans beyond that. We will make individual announcements as and when appropriate.”
The five-inch Streak was the latest tablet computer based on Google’s Android operating system to take a tilt at the segment dominated by Apple’s iPad. It had 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth networking for e-mail, web browsing, social networking, games and making phone calls. Applications were delivered through the Android Marketplace.It was powered by Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon processor and ran the ‘Donut’ 1.6 version of the Google mobile OS. Dell said it would upgrade the operating system at a later date.
Analyst firm Telsyte’s digital consumer study, released this month, found the tablet format was set to explode in Australia, with 28 per cent of 1000 Australian consumers surveyed indicating a desire to buy one.
Also Dell founder Michael Dell this week showed off a prototype of a larger 7-inch Dell Android tablet but it is not clear when this second model will go on sale.