With one of the original 5-inch Streak
's chief downsides being that it was considered too small to be a proper
tablet, Dell did the sage thing this January and introduced a 7-inch variant in the Streak 7
. The newer slate is outfitted with a nice Tegra 2 dual-core chip, 16GB of storage, a 5 megapixel rear- and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, a WVGA (800 x 480) display, and now the eminently reasonable UK price of £299 ($487). Alas, where Dell fell short with its Streak family expansion was in installing Android 2.2 on the 7, which hasn't changed during its trip over the Altantic, and in offering pretty poor battery life -- which might
actually be a bit better here since Brits are receiving the WiFi-only model. Then again, if we're having to praise a device for improving itself by omitting a valuable feature like 3G, perhaps that tells you all you need to know about its viability. At least the Streak 7 is priced correctly and Dell does promise a Honeycomb update is in the offing. You can order yours at Dell's UK outlet linked below or jump past the break to familiarize yourself with the company's press release.
DELL UNVEILS STREAK 7 AS THE ULTIMATE ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE
BRACKNELL, UK, 14 April 2011 –Dell's new feature-rich seven-inch Android™ tablet, the Streak™ 7 is now available in the UK. The sleek compact form factor preloaded with Dell Stage, Dell's unique user interface, makes Streak 7 the ultimate entertainment hub for families and consumers craving a rich multimedia and web experience both at home and on-the-go. With a wealth of features, Streak 7 adds to Dell's rapidly expanding mobility portfolio, which also includes the acclaimed Streak 5 pocket tablet.
Portable, passable and easily shared, the Streak 7's smooth, fast performance makes Web browsing, video streaming and game playing an enjoyable experience. Its brilliant seven-inch WVGA touch screen with Gorilla® Glass makes Streak 7 ideal for watching movies or reading books and magazines.
In addition to a rich entertainment experience, the Streak 7 easily captures and shares life moments with the rear-facing 5 megapixel camera for high-definition stills and video recording. With a Wi-Fi + 3G model of the Streak 7 coming later this spring, capturing spontaneous moments with family and friends will be even easier.
Featuring Google's™ Android 2.2 operating system, a dual core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and full support for Adobe® Flash® Player, Streak 7 gives users access to more than 100,000 applications, games and widgets from Android Market™.
"Dell is continuing to create the very best in entertainment, mobile and gaming experiences," said Aongus Hegarty, vice-president of Dell's Consumer, Small and Medium Business unit for EMEA. "With Streak 7, families, students and mobile professionals will gather, share, and find new ways to interact and keep in touch."
The new Streak 7 will feature Dell's innovative Stage user interface, which provides a seamless and unified experience for accessing all your favourite content. Later this year, Dell will add syncing to Stage so people can keep their photos, contacts, calendars and other personal content synchronised across their Dell Stage-equipped devices, from tablets to PCs, connected through their home network.
AVAILABILITY AND PRICING INFORMATION:
The new Dell Streak 7 Tablet with Wi-Fi is available now, starting at £299 including VAT and delivery at http://www.dell.co.uk/streak.