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Rogers Getting Dell Streak in Early November

October 15, 2010 - Written By Maddi Hausmann Sojourner

This one’s n the all-but-officially-announced category but looks like a fairly done deal.  Rogers will be adding the Dell Streak is-it-a-phone-or-a-tablet to their lineup in less than a month.  In-house Rogers documents suggest dummies of the Dell Streak and two other who-cares devices will be arriving at Rogers stores across Canada in late October for the November launch.

Click on the above graphic, courtesy of Phandroid, for a much larger view.

Now if you’re excited about the Dell Streak, have a look at these specs while you think about all the uses you’ll have for the five-inch phone/tablet (bigger than a Motorola DROID X, smaller than a Samsung Galaxy Tab).  Supposedly many Canadian fans of the Dell Streak have already picked them up at AT&T and unlocked them for Rogers’ 850 MHz 3G band.

However the first item won’t get you excited at all.  It’s shipping with Android OS 1.6.  Yes, Donut.  There’s word that the Streak will upgrade straight to 2.2 (Froyo) by the end of the year, but since Rogers hasn’t officially confirmed stocking the Streak, we’ll keep an eye on that item.

We can tell you that Dell halted the OS 2.1 (Eclair) upgrade for this device because some users discovered the upgrade was also (unintentionally, we guess) pre-rooted.   Dell plans on going straight to Froyo by the end of the year, but no word on how many countries will be included in that target.

But don’t despair.  There are ways to get yourself an unofficial Eclair upgrade, and Froyo builds are starting to show up as well.

I mentioned the five inch display, that’s an 800×480 TFT capacitive multitouch screen.  It’s running a 1 GHz Snapdragon QSD8250 processor with a generous 1530 mAh Lithium Ion battery.  The Streak also has a five megapixel camera with dual LED flash, plus a second VGA camera, front-facing for video calls.  It’s ready for 3G and 7.2 Mbps HSPA and the usual GPS, USB port, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g options are there, along with a 3.5 mm headset jack, and a microSD card slot which allows up to 32 GB of additional external memory.  I can’t tell you how much internal storage it has, because many spec sheets give it 16 GB (which is quite generous) but the Rogers writeup says 2 GB.  Quite a difference, and may be a national variation.

AT&T down south is selling the Dell Streak at 299 USD, so expect Rogers to ask for a similar amount in loonies.