Dell Streak : Smartphone meets the tablet?

All the gadget aficionados got one more toy to play with : Dell Streak. Unlike other tablet launches where consumers in India have to quench their appetite with pretty pictures and YouTube videos, Dell Streak can be touched and felt at a store near you.

Dell Streak will be launched in India on October 15, 2010 at a price tag of Rs. 34, 990.

Dell Streak has partnered with Tata DoCoMo and DoCoMo’s post-paid subscribers will get a special data offer (free 500 MB download every month for 6 months). Streak will be available in Dell Exclusive Stores, authorized retailers and Tata DoCoMO ‘dive in” centers.

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What are we really getting for Rs. 34,990?

Streaks runs Android operating system with a 5-inch display. Streak is powered with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8250 (1GHz) mobile processor. Streak is designed for mobile internet with built-in 3G HSUPA (7.2 Mbps downlink and 5.76Mbps uplink speeds) , Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. And it can multi-task too.

What I like about Dell Streak?

  1. Streak is 10 mm thick and sturdy at the same time.
  2. Streak’s touch screen is made out of Gorilla Glass – a scratch resistant glass which is hard to break.
  3. Streak’s multi-tasking and flash capabilities.
  4. Streak runs on Android, which is the most popular mobile OS.
  5. It can be used as a phone.

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Other Dell Streak features :

  1. Easy point and shoot 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with dual LED flash.
  2. Integrates out of the box with the social media stuff like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.
  3. If the native apps aren’t enough, there’s always the wonderful Android store to get more apps. Free as well as as paid.
  4. Micro SD expandable memory available up to 32 GB.

Where would Dell Streak fit?

With a 5 inch screen it’s not a comfortable eReader/tablet like an iPad. And with a 5 inch screen it’s not a comfortable phone. Streak is dangerously treading new waters of  a smart tablet (if you can call that). Streak could also be a case study for premature segmentation where a segment has only begun.

Many new tablets are on the horizon. Notion Ink’s Adam, Olivepad and the subsidized $35 tablet from Indian government are all priced well below Rs. 30000. Streak is the costliest tablet available in the Indian market. A nice to have gizmo for the early adopters.

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