Dell has had trouble in the mobile and tablet space. The company’s CEO, Michael Dell, has continuously bashed Android, and its Streak phone-tablet line was a commercial failure that was eventually abandoned. The once-dominant PC corporation has examined the company’s shortcomings and now understands that consumers value the “ecosystem” of a tablet as much as the hardware, according to Dell chief commercial officer Steve Felice. “We have been taking our time. The general failure of everyone that’s tried to introduce a tablet outside of Apple” said Felice in an interview with Reuters. “You will see us enter this market in a bigger way toward the end of the year. So we are not really deemphasizing it, we are really being very careful how we enter it.” The company hasn’t announced which non-Apple operating system it might adopt, saying both Android and Windows 8 were viable options. However, Felice did say that he liked the feel of Microsoft’s touch-enabled operating system, which should debut later this year. Dell plans to focus on the consumer level of products rather than the enterprise, although the company’s products will remain compatible within the business marketplace. “When we introduce the products, they will be consumer products, but we are going to make sure that they are very compatible with the business marketplace, which we don’t think Apple has addressed,” said Felice. “There’s lot of use in the commercial sector that requires security and more compatibility, and I think we will be able to address that in a better way.”
Gingerbread is lurking deep in the recesses of your Honeycomb, Android tablet. According to a report filed by mobile blog Pocketables, the interface you’re presented with on your Honeycomb tablet can be changed by adjusting your tablet’s perceived screen density. On a rooted Dell Streak 7 running Android 3.1, the default interface experience is the new Honeycomb UI — complete with updated widgets, homescreens, and controls. By changing a single line, thereby tricking that tablet into thinking its pixel density is 170 instead of 160, the Gingerbread layout is presented upon reboot. What does this mean for you? Nothing… but it is pretty cool to see in action. Hit the jump to see a video demo and let us know what you think. More →
FCC approval documents for what is believed to be the Dell Looking Glass have been revealed Monday, shedding new light on the unannounced tablet. The upcoming tablet codenamed Looking Glass received its Wi-Fi Alliance certification last last week, and now an FCC approval brings additional information ahead of Dell’s imminent announcement. Notable specs include 3G compatibility with both AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks, SD card support, Wi-Fi 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. Rumors also suggest that the tablet will feature Google’s Android OS, a 7-inch touchscreen display and a Tegra 2 processor. The Looking Glass may be revealed next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, likely with “Streak” branding to line up with Dell’s first tablet device.
The sequel to Dell’s supersized smartphone may have just skated through the Wi-Fi certification process. An unannounced Dell device recently received its credentials from the Wi-Fi Alliance, the body that ensures Wi-Fi-equipped devices meet the Wi-Fi spec. The device bears the model number M02M, which just so happens to be one digit north of the Streak’s model number M01M. For the time being, all we know about this potential Dell Streak 2 is that is includes support for Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n — the current Streak only supports Wi-Fi b and g. The rest is a mystery for the time being, though new info will undoubtedly begin to trickle out soon if a CES announcement is in the cards. The report also points out that this device could be the larger slate Dell is rumored to be prepping, the 7-inch Dell Looking Glass. The designation on the Wi-Fi certification is “smartphone,” however, so a Streak sequel is probably a more likely candidate.
Fans of supersized smartphones should look no further than Best Buy Mobile this morning, where the Dell Streak has been dropped to just $99.99 with a two-year AT&T service contract. Current owners of the AT&T-branded Dell Streak are still a bit annoyed that the Froyo update has been delayed until January, but if you can tolerate Donut for another month, the Dell Streak is a solid option. Notable specs include that giant display, of course, alongside a 5-megapixel camera, a secondary VGA camera for video chat, HSPA (7.2Mbps down, 5.8Mbps up), 16GB of internal storage and microSDHC support. The Dell Streak is available online and at Best Buy Mobile locations in both white and black. More →
Dell announced in a blog post Tuesday morning that its supersized Dell Streak is now available in two new colors. Additionally, the device is now being sold unlocked and contract-free directly from Dell.com. Dell’s 5-inch smart-tablet-phone can now be had in “Pure White”, as seen above, or “Cherry Red.” These two new colors are in addition to the black model that has been available since the summer, and they will be available exclusively through Best Buy in the U.S. While these two new color options will both be sold running Android 1.6, Dell is also now offering an unlocked Streak for $579 that will ship with Android 2.2 (Froyo). Current Streak owners aren’t being left in the dust, of course — the Froyo update is also currently rolling out to European Streaks, with all U.S. versions set to be updated some time in December. More →
The following story is based completely on hearsay, so we encourage you to consume it with a hefty dose of NaCl. That being said: Blog Streak Smart is reporting that a source who recently attended a private presentation, hosted by OEM Dell, was told that a successor to the 5-inch, Android Streak handset is due out in May of 2011. The purported handset — code named the Opus One — will sport an upgraded resolution (somewhere in the 1280 x 800 range) and, allegedly, wield a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. Now, we all know how timely Dell was on getting the first Streak out the door, so… if you have a thing for over-sized smartphones, we suggest not getting your hopes up. Still, it will be interesting to see how/if Dell furthers the Streak platform, especially considering how well the first one did. More →
We just received an internal Rogers document highlighting the carrier’s upcoming handsets and promotions. The document covers Q4 2010 through the beginning of February, and there are definitely a few choice revelations to be found.
Devices on the way to Rogers include the BlackBerry 9780, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Samsung Focus and the Dell Streak. There’s also tons of info on the new Data Sharing option that allows users to share a data allowance between multiple devices such as Rocketsticks or tablets.
Other interesting tidbits:
•The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is listed at $149.99 on contract.
•The Nokia N8 is listed at $79.99 on contract.
•The Samsung Focus is listed at $199.99 on contract.
•The Dell Streak is listed at $149.99 on contract.
•Oddly, the Vivaz Pro is eligible for the $10 unlimited data plan typically not available for smartphones.
•Internal rumors at Rogers suggest that the Galaxy Tab may launch at $299.99 with a 2-year agreement and $199.99 with a 3-year contract. This info is not confirmed in the roadmap we received.
Hit the jump for a slew of images, including four summary slides at the end that lay out all the pricing and details you can handle. Our source did mention, however, that not all pricing has been finalized. More →
Remember that Best Buy flier featuring the white Samsung Fascinate, white Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, Dell Streak, and HTC Surround we showed you yesterday? Well, according to a press release, those four devices will all be exclusive offerings from Best Buy. The white Fascinate and X10 are interesting, but not overly shocking; Best Buy getting exclusivity on the Streak and recently announce Surround, however, is quite interesting. As reported, the X10, Fascinate, and X10 will all be available on October 24 for $99, $149 and $299 respectively with 2-year agreements. The HTC Surround will be available on November 8 and will retail for $199 with a 2-year agreement. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →
Engadget has just published information on the availability of several handsets coming to Best Buy. First, for those of you that enjoy pale phones: the Samsung Fascinate, for Verizon Wireless, and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, for AT&T, will both be available — in white — on October 24th. Also seen in the above image is the HTC Surround Windows Phone 7 handset with an availability date of November 8 and the Dell Streak with an availability date of October 24. All four handsets can be reserved today with a $50 deposit. This did get us thinking… do you prefer mobile devices in white? Hit the jump to vote in our poll. More →
The gang over at ifixit have given the Dell Streak its official baptism by taking the gigantic handset right down to the screws. The team notes that the Streak contains a Snapdragon processor, a 5 megapixel camera that “closely resembles” the iPhone 4’s, Gorilla Glass, and a 2 GB non-user accessible micro-SD card. On a scale of 1 to 10, judging how difficult the device was to take part (10 being the easiest), ifixit rated the Streak an 8. Hit the read link to see the blog’s notes and the carnage. More →
So sad. Your boy “Lionel at Dell” has tweeted to let you know that just because you paid full-retail price for a Dell Streak — $549 — that doesn’t mean you can take it to any network you want. The tweet reads:
Lots of folks are asking about the $549 version of #dellstreak. To be clear, it will not be unlocked. It is SIM-locked to AT&T.
There were hopes that since Dell, a third-party manufacturer, was also selling the phone via its online store paying $549 might score you an unlocked version. But alas… not. Anyone disappointed by this, or was it what you were expecting?
Dell has announced that the much hyped Streak will be on sale this Friday, August 13th, to AT&T customers. The device — which has a 5-inch WVGA display, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, and more — will retail for $299.99 on a two-year contract and $549.99 off-contract. Curiously, Dell neglected to mention which iteration of Android the device will be shipping with (so we’re guessing it’s still 1.6). We’ve got the full press release for you after the break. Who’s excited for the Streak?
UPDATE: From Dell’s PR team: “We will ship [the] Streak to customers in the US with Android 1.6 and will offer an over-the-air upgrade to Android 2.2 later this year.” More →