Dell is inching closer to the release of its first tablet, the Mini 5 aka â€˜Streakâ€™. The device will debut on AT&T in â€œlate summer,â€ company CEO Michael Dell said at a conference.
And for once, Europe will get a gadget ahead of the U.S., as the Streak will launch on O2 Telefonica.
The Sony PlayStation Portable-sized Streak isnâ€™t directly an iPad competitor. The Streak has a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, a separate front-facing camera that can be used for video conferencing, a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1-GHz processor.
It will run the latest version of Googleâ€™s Android operating system, version 2.0 or higher. But instead of just processing data, Dell hopes to offer a SIM card option so users can make phone calls through the device. Dell hasnâ€™t commented on pricing for the device.
At this point, Dellâ€™s tablet seems the first real shot against the Appleâ€™s iPad. Dell rival HPâ€™s efforts with its â€˜Slateâ€™ tablet has been mired in uncertainty since the companyâ€™s acquisition of smartphone maker Palm. Reports suggest that HP may re-work its tablet to run Palm webOS operating system, instead of Windows 7. HP has declined to comment on what it calls as â€œrumor and speculation.â€