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

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 this Thursday, August 12. General availability follows a day later at

* 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*

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • jefe323
    i lol'ed at the hangover reference

    "It's not a purse, it's a satchel. Indiana Jones wears one"
  • gwolfman
    Android 1.6, blah!
  • kezix_69
    It's retarded how many phones are coming out with the 1Ghz Snapdragon Processor... Isn't it about time for some 2Ghz phones????

    Or maybe if they advertised battery life we could see each new phone with a longer battery life even though the processor is the same.

    So far I haven't seen any phones come out in the past 6 months that has been a step ahead of the rest in ANY way...
  • darkbunny
    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.
  • haunted one
    300 with contract and 550 without doesn't make much sense. Without contract is WAY better at this point.
  • pollom
    nice the home symbol remembers the palm :)
  • dman3k
    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?
  • darkbunny
    I don't understand how companies like AT&T and Activision get away with some of the things they get away with...
  • SlickyFats
    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.
  • the_wolf88
    OMG !

    5-inch screen that's huge !!

    About the Android in bet they will release 2.2 version after sometime so worry free !