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Dell Pitches Streak 7 Against iPad 2

Dell has announced that the 7-inch Streak 7 is now available in the UK with a starting price of £299, cheaper than the original Streak which came with 3G connectivity.

The tablet, which has a multi-touch capacitive toushcreen, is powered by Android 2.2 Froyo and was first demoed back in January 2011 at CES. You can find out more about the Dell Streak 7 here (opens in new tab).

The computer manufacturer also confirmed that a 3G version of the tablet will be available by the end of this quarter without specifying what the price difference between the two would be.

Costing £100 less than the iPad 2, the Streak 7 falls short on one vital feature - it has a 800x480 pixel resolution, which is less than half that of the iPad 2.

This means that any upgrade to Honeycomb is going to be problematic to say the least, supposing that the operating system needs at least one megapixel (1280x800 pixels) to run properly.

The rest of the specifications are pretty decent, there's a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1GHz, 512MB RAM, 16Gb onboard memory which can be expanded to 64GB via microSD, a five-megapixel rear facing and 1.3-megapixel front facing camera.

As expected, the Streak 7 uses Dell's own user interface called Stage which allows content to be "seamlessly synced" across Dell devices.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.