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Dell To Launch 'Streak' Computer Tablet In U.K.

Tue, 05/25/2010 - 5:45am

BRACKNELL, United Kingdom (AP) -- Dell Inc. on Tuesday unveiled plans for a computer tablet based on Google Inc.'s Android operating system.

Called "Streak," the tablet will have a 5-inch screen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and work on a 3G network. Users can download music, interact with social networking sites, send e-mail, text and instant messages and make phone calls. It has turn-by-turn navigation with Google Maps, a 5-megapixel camera with flash and a removable battery.

Streak will have 2 gigabytes of internal storage. Memory can be expanded up to 32 gigabytes allowing it to store as many as 42 movies or 16,000 songs.

Later in the year, the tablet will support Adobe Flash 10.1 -- something that Apple Inc.'s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices do not. Flash is widely used for online video.

The Streak is designed to be larger than a smartphone but more portable than a laptop. It is 6 inches wide, nearly 3 inches high and half an inch thick.

A Dell spokeswoman said the Streak is designed to be an Internet-enabled device that lets users make phone calls.

The tablet will be released in June in the United Kingdom through stores of mobile phone company O2 and its Web site O2.co.uk, at the Carphone Warehouse and Dell.co.uk.

Prices and Internet data plans will be released before the product launch. The tablet will be available in the U.S. later in the summer.

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