Tablet war has begun! World’s second-largest PC maker Dell’s tablet PC, called Streak, is all set to hit the retail stores. Streak is Dell’s bold attempt to grab a share of tablet market which has been witnessing hyper activity from PC makers across the board ever since Apple launched its tablet device iPad.
With some analysts calling it mini tablet or giant smartphone, Dell Streak is half the size of iPad and can also make phone calls unlike Apple’s iPad. Here’s looking into Dell Streak — Apple iPad’s first big competition.
Sporting a 5-inch (12.5-centimeter) WVGA screen, Dell Streak features a multi-touch display. However, Streak is smaller than Apple iPad which has a 9.7-inch (24.6-centimeter) diagonal LED-backlit glossy widescreen multi-touch display.
Dell first unveiled its Streak in January, touting the device as a convergence between a typical cell phone and larger tablet computer.
The tablet will run on 1GHz Snapdragon ARM-based mobile processor from Qualcomm.
Streak comes with 2GB of internal storage. But the memory can be expanded upto 32GB via MicroSD card. According to Dell, the extended capacity can support upto 42 movies, 32,000 photos, or 16,000 songs.
Streak offers built in Wi-Fi, optional 3G and Bluetooth for connectivity. It will also support Google Maps integrated with a turn-by-turn navigation, street and satellite views.
Streak also has integrated social media apps including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
Unlike Apple iPad, Dell Streak can run Adobe’s popular Flash software. According to Dell, the Tablet will support Flash 10.1 later this year.
Apple on the other hand has been criticising Adobe’s Flash technology for security, technical drawbacks and power-management.
As for the pricing, Dell hasn’t revealed it yet. However, it is speculated that the device will be cheaper than the iPad. Currently, iPad sells for $499, $599 and $699 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi versions.