Offers unlocked version with updated OS at a $30 premium.
One of the last devices to currently sell with Android 1.6 is finally getting an update. Dell's site today advertises the Streak 5-inch Android Tablet with a Froyo update (and unlocked) at a $30 premium over the version that is tied to AT&T (T) with the older Google (GOOG) Android OS.
The 5-inch Dell Streak can operate like a phone, so it also includes a phone plan when purchased with an AT&T subsidy.
It isn't clear why there is a $30 charge to unlock a phone and update it to the latest OS (which should be free). Perhaps AT&T is paying $30 to have the Streak locked? Nor is it clear why phones locked to AT&T aren't getting the Froyo update as of now. I've reached out to AT&T and Dell for comment.
Froyo is expected to be an over-the-air update for existing Streak owners at some point in the future. Sony (SNE) is also rolling out Android updates to one of the only other Android 1.6 devices on the market, the Xperia X10.
One of the last products still selling with the old Android 1.6 OS will finally get an update by the end of the month according to Dell.
The Dell (DELL) Streak 5-inch Android phone/tablet has been sorely lacking in the operating system department since its release a few months ago. Hobbled with last year's version of Android, the Streak not only has significant competition from the Samsung Galaxy Tab on the high end, and MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 14, 2010 10:39 AM ET
Dell has released some pricing and shipping details for its Streak mini tablet (aka Mini 5) today at AllThingsD.
According to Engadget, the Dell Android device will be available for $500 unlocked and open for use on other people's networks. The five-inch mini tablet is only an inch bigger than the HTC Evo, which is due to be released later this week and has many of the same specs: same Snapdragon MORESeth Weintraub - Jun 2, 2010 11:22 PM ET
If the iPad is too big and an iPod or iPhone is too small, you might be a Dell Mini 5 candidate.
According to Engadget, the Android-powered Mini 5 just showed up in the FCC database with the WCDMA Band IV radios. Those radios only are used on one US network: T-Mobile's (DT).
The Mini 5 is just a bit bigger than a big smartphone (HTC's Evo will be 4.3 inches vs. the MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 19, 2010 5:16 PM ET
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