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Dell Android MID makes web appearance

Oct 21, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Dell is preparing an Android-based mobile Internet device (MID), according to two web sites. The Dell Streak is said to offer a five-inch WVGA touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G connectivity, say the reports.


The story broke on the Vietnamese site Tinhte.com, which posted a YouTube video (see below). SlashGear then expanded the report with an additional photo (pictured at right) supplied by another source.

Judging from the video and the SlashGear report, the Dell Streak offers a five-inch WVGA (800 x 480) touchscreen, as well as WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G radios. The Streak is also said to provide a five-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, a microSD card slot, and a 1,300mAh battery.

Dell Streak prototype, showing web browser
(Source: Tinhte.com, YouTube)

Other features appear to include a multifunction dock connector, and a front-facing webcam in addition to the five megapixel camera. The device appears to depend on Android's virtual keyboard, with no slider in evidence. According to SlashGear, the MID runs Android 2.0 ("Eclair"), but it also refers to the distribution as "Donut," which is actually the now shipping Android 1.6. The site also noticed that on an sticker, the device's 3G radio is listed as having been tested for "US" 3G networks.

Dell Streak prototype
(Source: Tinhte.com, YouTube)

According to SlashGear, in June the Wall Street Journal reported that Dell was developing Android MID prototypes. Michael Dell recently confirmed that Dell will ship a version of its China-focused Dell "Mini 3i" Android smartphone for the U.S. market next year. As far as we know, no confirmation has been made regarding a rumored Android netbook from Dell.

Dell Streak prototype
(Source: Tinhte.com, YouTube)


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The SlashGear story on the Dell Streak may be found here, and Tinhte.com's story should be here.


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