Post HP buying out Palm, along with their famed webOS, and cancelling their supposed commitment to tablet vizaviz the Slate. As for as we can tell, HP may very well be working on using Palm’s primary operating system to power any entrant in the now quickening tablet market. Meanwhile, computer giant Dell is inching closer to the its first tablet, the Mini 5 aka ‘Streak’. We can’t say the name encourages our interest, but hey who wouldn’t like to see Apple one-upped at their own branded “revolution” of internet devices. The Streak will debut on AT&T in “late summer,” says CEO Michael Dell.
The Streak, which resembles a Sony PlayStation Portable, isn’t directly an iPad competitor by matter of dimensions. The Streak comes with a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, a separate front-facing camera that can be used for video conferencing, a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1-GHz processor. And much to our surprise, Europe gets this gadget ahead of the U.S., on the O2 Telefonica network.
Pumping on Google’s Android operating system, version 2.0 or higher, the Dell Streak isn’t only touted to be used for computing needs, but also for making calls. Dell apparently also hopes to offer a SIM card to users enabling them to make phone calls through the device. Pricing details on the Streak are as yet unavailable.