Dell Unveils the New Streak 7

by Matt Klassen on January 7, 2011

When I speculated in December that the drastic pre-Christmas price cut of the Dell Streak was a last ditch cash grab on a niche product that Dell was planning on scuttling, my prediction was not particularly well received. In fact, it drew many heretofore unknown Streak lovers out of the woodwork to defend their much-maligned hybrid device.

But this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at least some of my prediction came to fruition, as Dell announced the new Streak 7, the successor to the original Dell Streak, and, most notably, a tablet device that has shed the hybrid label—although I do suppose Dell would have a hard time selling a 7-inch smartphone to even the most devote Streak supporters—and is set to become the flagship of Dell’s next gen line-up of products.

While it’s unknown whether or not this spells the end for the Streak, I wouldn’t be surprised, as Dell has produced a powerful tablet that outclasses, to this point at least, everything that is currently on the market. That means, should the Streak 7 garner any real success in the tablet market, I would look for Dell to put more of its R&D eggs in the tablet basket, abandoning hybrid projects like the Streak in the very near future.

Let’s be honest here, I have no inside track on the future of the Dell Streak, but given the fact that tablets are the wave of the mobile computing future and that Dell has various other smartphones—like the Venue for instance—that clearly outclass the original Streak, things aren’t looking good.

But enough about the old Streak, what about the new Streak 7. For starters, like most other next gen devices unveiled at the CES, it sports a powerful dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra T2 processor and will be capable with T-Mobile’s 4G network. To that end, it looks like T-Mobile will be the exclusive carrier of the Streak 7—at least for now—as it looks to bolster its tablet line-up.

“This is an impressive device,” T-Mobile’s Jeremy Korst said of the Streak 7. “Tablets are a category revolutionizer. Smarter than a smartphone, more personal than a PC.”

Clearly he’s not the only one to think so, as Motorola also unveiled its new Gingerbread (Android 3.0) powered tablet Xoom, a powerful dual-core 10-inch tablet that hours after its unveiling is already the talk of the show. But more on that later.

Back to the Streak 7 for a moment, as the question remains, will the Streak 7 be enough to make Dell a serious contender in the mobile market? As I’ve mentioned with other devices looking to break into the very competitive market, I would wager a guess that it will all come down to price, a category that Dell has always had the edge in.

Given the fact that Dell specializes in offering low cost technology to the everyman bodes extremely well for the future of its burgeoning tablet line, meaning that Dell could very well gain a significant piece of the tablet market share with advanced offerings such as this. But at the risk of further angering the diehard fans of the original Streak, it still looks as if the hybrid device has seen its last days, forever consigned to the “bad idea” bin.

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Dave January 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm

So will the Streak 7 be able to make voice calls? I can’t seem to find a definite yes or no.


Matt Klassen January 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm

I would assume it has video chat abilities, since it has a front facing camera. But regular voice calls, it doesn’t seem so.

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