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Dell Streak 5'' Phone Officially Priced at $299/549

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Dell is Streaking on August 13 for $299.99 with new two-year AT&T contract and $549.99 without.

The Dell Streak tablet phone has been available across the pond for some time now, and today the device has an official date and price for the U.S. market.

It's the 5-inch tablet that's got a 3G radio and room for a SIM card so that it can access wireless data networks as well as take calls and send texts. The Evo 4G's 4.3-inch screen is already massive for a phone, but Dell takes it even further with the 5-inch Streak.

It's also the least pocketable phone out there, but for those of you who make a habit of wearing cargo pants or carry around purses (or satchels) will likely appreciate the large screen – especially if you find yourself doing more data-related things on your phone rather than talking.

The one major weakness, at least for now, is that it's shipping with Android 1.6, which is quite disappointing considering how much better Android 2.2 is.

Here are the details straight from Dell:

* Orders for the Dell Streak Tablet open up for U.S. priority pre-sale registrants at www.dell.com/mobile this Thursday, August 12. General availability follows a day later at www.dell.com/mobile.

* The Dell Streak is available for $299.99 with new two-year AT&T contract†, and $549.99 without. Customers who purchase the Streak, and signed up during the pre-sale program, will receive a free second-day shipping upgrade. Customers who redeem their pre-sale coupon can purchase a Plantronics Bluetooth earpiece for 99 cents while supplies last.

* Integrated Google Maps with turn-by-turn navigation, street and satellite views

* A full screen browsing experience with a 5-inch capacitive multi-touch WVGA display

* Easily integrated social media apps: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

* 5 MP Autofocus camera with dual LED flash, VGA front facing camera, removable battery, built-in Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth connectivity options

* 2GB* of internal storage

* User accessible Micro SD expandable memory available up to 32GB*.

* Packaged with cushions made from 100 percent sustainable, compostable bamboo

* Android platform complete with Android Market and Dell user interface enhancements

* Powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon solution with integrated 1GHz processor

* 3G + Wi-Fi + Bluetooth

* UMTS / GPRS / EDGE class 12 GSM radio with link speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps*

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    gwolfman , August 10, 2010 8:18 PM
    Android 1.6, blah!
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    jefe323 , August 10, 2010 8:15 PM
    i lol'ed at the hangover reference

    "It's not a purse, it's a satchel. Indiana Jones wears one"
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    gwolfman , August 10, 2010 8:18 PM
    Android 1.6, blah!
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    darkbunny , August 10, 2010 8:30 PM
    The other major weaknesses are the carrier and the fact that it's selling for 300 dollars with a 2-year contract. I honestly don't know much about AT&T's actual coverage, so I'll leave that alone (and God knows it's been beaten to death), but what I do know is that they'll lock this phone down, just like with the Backflip, which is sad.

    I still really can't get over the price, though. It's not even any more expensive than most phones off-contract, so I don't understand why it's 300 with one.
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    haunted one , August 10, 2010 8:37 PM
    300 with contract and 550 without doesn't make much sense. Without contract is WAY better at this point.
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    pollom , August 10, 2010 8:41 PM
    nice the home symbol remembers the palm :) 
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    dman3k , August 10, 2010 8:42 PM
    Why would you pay $300 on a phone that cannot install off market apps without rooting when the Evo and the Epic do?

    AT&T must believe their customers are idiots... well, who else would get iphone4s when superior products are in the market?
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    darkbunny , August 10, 2010 8:59 PM
    I don't understand how companies like AT&T and Activision get away with some of the things they get away with...
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    SlickyFats , August 10, 2010 9:27 PM
    I waited and waited and waited....then I gave up. Bought the Captivate on the 30th. I still have a few days to take it back I guess, but 1.6 seems like a BIG drawback.
    I was starting to think the Dell Streak was being released at the same time as Duke Nukem Forever.
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    the_wolf88 , August 10, 2010 9:28 PM
    OMG !

    5-inch screen that's huge !!

    About the Android in bet they will release 2.2 version after sometime so worry free !
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    SlickyFats , August 10, 2010 9:29 PM
    Just realized this. But Dell has had the worst and most botched cell phone release I can remember ever happening so what do they do. They hold off releasing it until FRIDAY THE 13TH. Good call.
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    ares1214 , August 10, 2010 9:36 PM
    Best phones on the market are The Galaxy S lineup. Best Galaxy S phone is the Sprint Epic...so basically instead of everything being the "iphone killer" we now will need the "epic galaxy killer". This is not it...
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    melvis72 , August 10, 2010 9:58 PM
    soldier37About damn time Dell, this should have been out weeks ago. So glad they announced it finally and I do wear fatigues alot with big pockets at work. The big screen will suit me just fine. I've never had a problem with AT&T since 2003 I've had them before the bashing begins! Come Friday I can say intruly have the biggest baddest phone on my block!


    How is it the baddest phone on the block with Android 1.6???? Biggest phone on the block yes. Personaly I will stick with my Evo and Android 2.2
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    zerapio , August 10, 2010 11:30 PM
    ...Is that a streak in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? :) 
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    Honis , August 11, 2010 12:19 AM
    Anyone think they could take on the iPad or jump into the small tablet market if they dropped the phone radio, 3G radio, and the price by $150 (chopped off the off contract part)?

    Could probably drop the double flash and back facing camera to drop the $ below 400.
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    tayb , August 11, 2010 12:33 AM
    Way too big for a phone. Way too small for a tablet. I can't even begin to imagine a use for this device considering the up front price and the contract requirements.
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    adonn78 , August 11, 2010 2:15 AM
    Can I get one without the phone? just a tablet for browsing the web, google maps, while I am driving, waiting in line, or on the toilet....
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    dEAne , August 11, 2010 3:31 AM
    wish it is also available in my country too.
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    cadder , August 11, 2010 3:31 AM
    There is no excuse for not coming with the latest version of the OS.

    This is the problem with other cellphone manufacturers. Each one has a different version of the OS, they probably mess with parts of the OS too. I am not an apple fan and have never been, but at least when you get an iphone you know that all features of the OS will work, and all of the available apps will work too. You know that the phone will be supported. With other manufacturers you don't have any guarantees of how the phone will work, and you are guaranteed that they will support it only until they bring out their next model. I've been there with my Windows Mobile phone by Samsung, I'm not going there again.
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    eddieroolz , August 11, 2010 5:48 AM
    Kind of silly how these companies are still shipping with 1.6. I had the opportunity to try out the X10 today and 1.6 really hurt in comparison to Galaxy S's 2.1.
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