Dell Streak to hit Australian shores

Optus offering tablet from 1 October

Dell will release its Android-powered tablet, Streak, in Australia on Friday, 1 October.

A three month exclusive deal with Optus has been signed. The telecommunications company is offering the handset for free on its $AUD59 plan, with the user locked into a 24 month contract. This includes 2GB of data, $550 worth of national calls and unlimited access to Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.

It can be purchased outright for $649.

Optus is also offering other plans including a $49 plan with 1GB of data, $79 plan with 2GB and a $99 deal with 3GB.

The Streak features a five inch screen, 5MP camera, WiFi, 3G mobile broadband and 2GB of internal storage. It is only available in black and has an integrated 1GHz processor.

The device comes with a 16GB SD card which can be expanded to 32GB as an after sales option. It currently operates on Android 1.6 but the vendor confirmed the Streak is configured to operate on future Android upgrades.

According to Dell’s Indirect and Telecommunications Channels general manager, Matt Telfer, it is the first Android based tablet to be launched locally.

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