By Chuong Nguyen | March 10, 2010 1:17 AM
The Dell Mini 5 may be called the Dell Streak when it is released according to some internal promotional materials that were obtained via a leak on Engadget. The Dell Mini 5 utilizes a slate for factor with a 5-inch screen and sits uncomfortably between being classified as a tablet and a phone–the device does have a cellular radio and could theoretically make phone calls, but it’s large screen will smother your face if you attempt to hold it to your ears. However, the screen may be a tad too small for tablet enthusiasts who may prefer a larger screen that could engulf their fingers, but for those who prefer a non-Apple smartphone OS–in the likes of the iPad–with Flash support hopefully (if the device gets the Android 2.1 treatment and a capable processor), then the Dell Streak may be worth a shot.
Dell also saw fit to decorate the Streak with some bold colors. The device is rumored to come with an Amazon partnership for content, so besides the Amazon MP3 store that we’ve seen on previous Android handsets, the Dell can be a viable electronic book reader and direct competitor to the larger screen iPad with a Kindle bookstore on board, a first for Android; Kindle has thus far only been available on the iPhone, PC, and BlackBerry with Mac support forthcoming. Dell’s also provided some customizations on top of Android as well.
The device will have a 5-inch WVGA screen with touch-sensitive buttons. Don’t expect a standard micro or mini USB plug on the device–Dell is adorning the device with a proprietary 30-pin dock connector.