In a media release last week Optus announced that they will be the first Australian carrier to offer the Dell Streak from 1 October. The announcement comes several months after the device was first released in the UK in June this year.
The Dell Steak is a mini tablet (or large phone depending on how you look at it) featuring a 5-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 2 GB of internal memory and a microSD slot preloaded with a 16 GB card. The tablet also features a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and a VGA front-facing camera. [view the full list of specifications]
One disappointment with the Streak is that it comes with Android 1.6 which is a shame as most Android devices are now shipping with 2.x versions of the OS. Dell have said that an upgrade to Android 2.1/2.2 is coming this year but no date has yet been given. The UK versions of the Streak received the upgrade from 1.6 to 2.1 update earlier this month. It should also be noted though that Dell have made improvements to Android 1.6 such as enabling support for pinch-to-zoom multi-touch which for the standard versions of Android wasn’t available natively until version 2.1.
Android 1.6 aside, I can’t see the Streak not doing well especially as Optus is offering it on some fairly competitive plans. Plans start on the $49 Optus Cap with $7 per month handset payments over 24 months and includes 1 GB of monthly data. I suspect most customers will opt for the next plan up which is the $59 Optus Cap with no handset repayments over 24 months. This plan comes with 2 GB of monthly data. The Streak will also be available for purchase outright at $649.