Dell Streak to cost as much as iPad

We have already been hands-on and suitably impressed by the Dell Streak, but there's one thing that will always dampen our enthusiasm - a hefty price tag. Sadly, that looks to be the case with the Streak. At least, if you opt for a contract-free model.

According to PC Pro, the Dell Streak will be available for £429 without the tie-in or 'free' if you sign on the line. The first is perhaps the most telling price, the same price as the cheapest iPad (16GB Wi-Fi version), itself generally seen as a pricey gadget.

The smartphone/tablet, also known as the Dell Mini 5, is available from O2 or Carphone Warehouse, with leaked pricing details also offered on a £25-a-month contract with an unspecified amount of mobile data, while the £35 contract includes calls and data, again an unspecified amount at this time.

Comparing directly to the iPad isn't really fair though. The Streak has its own selling points, including 3G and Wi-Fi as standard, a smaller profile, 5-inch screen, up to 32GB of storage with an SD card and of course, the option to run flash. It also has Android keeping things ticking over, as well as a a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 5-megapixel camera.

Early June was the announced launch date, so look out for it very soon.

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