Dell Streak Hits U.S., AT&T Aug. 12

It seems as if we’ve been waiting forever for the Dell (s dell) Streak to hit the U.S., but the wait is over. Dell will start selling the 5-inch handheld tablet on Aug. 12, either through partnership with AT&T for $299.99 (contract required) or $549.99 without a carrier. The Streak is trying to decide if it is a smartphone, as it can function just like one, or as a tablet given its large size.

The Streak has a 5-inch display (800×480), which is bigger than smartphones, yet can easily be used in the hands as a tablet. There’s onboard Bluetooth, so users could easily use it as a phone with a headset, which would make more sense, as it would be clunky held to the head for phone use.

The Streak is powered by a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, with 2 GB of internal storage for loading apps. That’s important, as the Streak is fully compatible with the thousands of Android Market (s goog) apps. The storage can be augmented by the user by using the integrated microSD slot. While the Streak is bigger than smartphones, it’s still svelte at only 6.0 x 3.1 x 0.4 inches.

The subsidized pricing through AT&T (s t) requires a 2-year contract with a smartphone voice and data plan, so it will be interesting to see if buyers try to use this largish device as their only phone. There’s no mobile hotspot ability mentioned in the Dell information provided, so that’s a consideration for those trying to choose between the Streak and other Android smartphones currently available.

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