The Dell Streak is going on sale this weekend in Europe and will be available in the U.S. starting next month direct from Dell for $499. In The U.K., O2 will be offering the Streak for £429 without a contract and for free with a mobile broadband contract. The Streak will roll out across Europe later this month.
Dell’s new Android slate device has garnered a lot of attention over the past few month, but now it’s time for consumers to decide if the Streak is going to be a success or not. I think it’s going to be a tough sale here in the U.S., where Dell hasn’t struck up any partnerships with carriers to subsidize the price tag. Dell’s Ron Garriques told CNet’s Ina Fried that Dell would prefer to sell it through carriers rather than Dell.com.
Dell is marketing the Streak as a slate more so than a phone, though it can certainly be used to place calls and send text messages. One feature that’s pretty intriguing is that it has dual cameras that could potentially be used for mobile video conferencing. Dell’s also promised that Flash 10.1 would be coming to the Streak, along with Froyo. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL9ngNTbzEA&feature=player_embedded
The Dell Streak is definitely an interesting device, but I think it’s going to be an uphill battle for Dell to move a lot of units here in the U.S. at $499.