Dell Streak Tablet Phone to Debut

The previously-named Dell Mini will launch next month in the U.K.
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Mini skirts the U.S. market and sets off for a big debut in the U.K. with a new name: the

Dell Streak


Dell's biggest plunge yet into the mobile phone/tablet business is the Dell Streak -- previously known as the Mini. With a five-inch screen, the


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Android-powered touchscreen device will run on a 1-gigahertz


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Snapdragon processor.

The Streak features two cameras, one front-facing for video calls and a 5-megapixel camera on the back. The wide display screen is set up for video and media viewing and the device also includes high definition video output to connect to HD TVs.

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The Streak is expected to debut at O2, the U.K wireless giant next month and arrive at


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sometime this summer.

Dell has set a target spot for the Streak somewhere between


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iPad and iPhone.

"The Dell Streak hits the sweet spot between traditional smartphones and larger-screen tablets," said Dell phone chief Ron Garriques in a press release. "Its unique size provides people

with new ways to enjoy, connect, and navigate their lives."

To be sure, at nearly seven inches in length, the Streak is more than a handful. It awkwardly stretches the pocket-sized category for mobile devices, making it an uneasy fit as a pure smartphone challenger.




, Dell has tied its mobile device ambitions to the increasingly popular Android operating system from Google. The Streak is the first of an expected line of mobile Android powered devices from Dell. PC rival


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is also planning its own venture into mobile through the acquisition of




--Reported by Scott Moritz in New York