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Dell Streak  (Source: SlashGear)
Streak is a 5-inch MID from Dell running Android 2.0

Dell is doing all it can to add new businesses to its offerings in the form of services for migrating to Windows 7 and new consumer electronic products. This is in the face of slipping from the second place spot in the global computer shippers list with Acer taking its spot.

Dell CEO Michael Dell has been talking quite a bit about the Dell smartphone that is coming early next year and rumored to be hitting AT&T. A smartphone isn't the only Android device that the computer maker has up its sleeves. Today a new MID based on Android from Dell has leaked online. The device is called the Dell Streak, has a 5-inch WVGA 800 x 480 resolution touchscreen, and runs Android 2.0.

Other features of the Streak include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 3D WWAN connectivity. The device is a prototype and sports a 5-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash. A microSD card slot is available for memory expansion and the battery is a 1,300mAh unit. The front of the device has a minimalist design with only three buttons.

A front facing video camera is available for video conferencing. A docking connector is offered along the bottom edge and the label on the prototype reads US, which seemingly means versions for other countries will be offered as well. Other important details like pricing and availability are unknown at this time.

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By Belard on 10/21/2009 9:25:21 AM , Rating: -1
WOW! What a totally new type of phone that I've never seen before!

Should change the way people think of phones, much less how to use them!

By therealnickdanger on 10/21/2009 9:39:27 AM , Rating: 2
It's a MID, not a phone... ;-) So yes, when they try to make phone calls from it, it will certainly change the way they think about phones...

By ImSpartacus on 10/21/2009 10:12:37 AM , Rating: 4
I think at this point, MIDs shouldn't exist anymore. Why carry a phone and a MID when you can just have one gadget to do it all?

Some people like to carry more than one gadget in their pockets, but I prefer a more consolidated approach. Just a matter of opinion.

By amanojaku on 10/21/2009 10:59:28 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. MIDs and UMPCs are wedged between smart phones and netbooks. With smart phones getting smarter and netbooks getting more powerful and/or cheaper a MID or UMPC makes no financial or functional sense.

By rudy on 10/21/2009 1:46:34 PM , Rating: 2
By your logic netbooks should not exist either they are just wedged between notebooks and phones.

If this really has a 5 inch screen that will be one of the biggest nices phones out there. And I will be interested.

I wish more companies would make phones and let you pick whatever OS you want on them. More like PCs are today.

By wvh on 10/21/2009 3:27:52 PM , Rating: 1
Since when can one pick the OS a PC comes with?...

By Aganack1 on 10/21/2009 10:18:18 AM , Rating: 2
The article says it is a MID, but it has a mic and a camera for video conferencing and WWAN connectivity. Even if it isn't marketed as a traditional phone it could be used as a VOIP cell phone.

By xSauronx on 10/21/2009 12:21:07 PM , Rating: 2
reminds me of the nokia n810, which had a touchscreen, slide out keyboard, linux OS, camera, etc...just lacked the 3g wireless, but had wifi, and i think there was a wimax version.

By Motoman on 10/21/2009 1:47:48 PM , Rating: 2
That's exactly what my take is. With VOIP, essentially any device can be a phone...Google Voice or otherwise.

This thing plus a BT or wired headset, I think, would be much more better for many people than a traditional smartphone. We'll see what the market does with it...if it gets it.

By Belard on 10/21/2009 2:49:35 PM , Rating: 2

... What the Frack is a MID? Media Idiot Device?

It looks like a phone, does everything a phone does, but without the cell phone part... oh, so its a clone of the iTouch?!

As others below have pointed out.

Why bother? Its the reason PDAs pretty much died out. I dont think anyone really makes them anymore other than some cheap $10~15 device at Walmart like Franklin. Even PALM no longer has ANY PDAs in their product line (sad... a bit) yet earlier this year they used to sell a basic PDA with color for about $50.

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