Dell reveals Streak tablet specs, launch plans

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After a press conference revealing few details at CES in January, and months of teasing through sporadic leaks to gadget blogs, Dell has officially announced launch plans and specs for its upcoming Android-based 'tablet' device. Formerly known as the Mini 5, the Dell Streak could very well be classified as a handheld with its 5-inch display. It has an ARM-based Snapdragon chipset and 1GHz processor, 2GB of storage (expandable to 32GB with a MicroSD card), a 5-megapixel camera, a front-facing camera, removable battery, and Wi-Fi, 3G, and Bluetooth connectivity.

At launch, the Streak will be running Android 1.6 (Donut), but it will receive an upgrade to the new Flash-capable Android 2.2 (Froyo) later this year. Dell's tablet offers support for voice and video calls, boast integrated Google Maps with turn-by-turn navigation, and will come bundled with a number of social apps like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Pricing remains a mystery for now. The company said the Dell Streak will go on sale in the U.K. early next month through O2, and in the U.S. later this summer -- no 3G service partner was mentioned for this side of the Atlantic.

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