I guess if you do not want to face the competition head on then it might be better to provide something new for the consumer and hope it works. With the Apple’s iPad currently alone at the top of the tablet market, other companies may be releasing their plans but not their products until around the end of the year. Until then, consumers are given a tough choice of whether to wait for something better to arrive or purchase the much hyped iPad. With all the buzz around the tablet wars, Dell has made the choice harder, coming up with something entirely different. Dubbing their product the Dell Streak, it is surely in a class of its own.
Michael Dell, CEO of Dell, was expected to give his keynote speech during a session at the Citrix Synergy Conference. Instead of a speech, he whips out a small slate device, slightly larger than a smartphone, which he introduces as the Dell Streak aka the Mini 5. Possibly more surprising than that stunt is that the Dell Streak cannot be classified with any of the other devices out on the market today.
With a 5 inch screen and 800 x 480 resolution, it is only slightly much larger than the HTC EVO which has 4.3 inch touch sensitive screen. It also has a 5 MP camera at the back and a webcam at the front. Much like a mobile phone, the Mini 5 may have a SIM card slot, allowing users to make and receive phone calls, something which the iPad cannot do. Compared to the iPad’s 9 inch screen, the Dell Streak is significantly smaller. The Mini 5 is expected to do as well, having 1 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1.63 GB worth of internal storage, with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G capability. Sources indicate that the device will be running on either the Android 2.1 or Android 2.2 Froyo. Although no prices have been revealed as of yet, AT&T will release this device sometime June.Dell Streak, Mini 5