Dell goes exclusive with Optus for its new iPad killer

By Patrick Avenell

SYDNEY, NSW: Dell has jumped the gun on Samsung, announcing this morning that its new iPad killer (or, at least, attempted killer), the Streak, will go on sale next Friday (1 October 2010). Interestingly, the Streak will be sold at launch exclusively through Optus.

The Streak is a black, Android-based tablet with a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen display. WiFi and Bluetooth are built-in for data transfer, whilst there’s a 5-megapixel camera for image and video capture and video calling. Taking the tablet one step further than the iPad, the Streak also has voice calling enabled.

On board memory is only 2GB, but the Streak comes with a 16GB microSD card, and memory can be further expandable to 32GB with the purchase of a separate card.

The following quotes describing this product were provided by Dell.

“Dell has found a way to fit Australians’ whole world in a 5-inch screen. Dell Streak’s unique size will help people down under discover new ways to enjoy the web, connect with friends, and navigate their lives,” said Dell Communications Solutions president Ron Garriques.

 “We’re very excited about the Dell Streak coming to Optus and providing such a unique device to our customer base. The Optus Open Network is the perfect medium for people to experience the full functionality of a tablet, such as the Dell Streak,” said Optus Digital Mobile director Austin R. Bryan.

“Dell believes its entry into the mobility market in Australia will be best leveraged by the Dell Streak.  It is not only the first Android-based tablet to be launched in Australia, but it is also a unique size and capable of delivering both a rich multimedia and voice experience on an Android platform,” said Dell Australia general manager for Indirect and Telecommunications Channels, Matt Telfer.

The Dell Streak will be available through Optus for $0 upfront at $59 per month over 24 months (minimum spend: $1,416) or outright for $649.

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