Dell Streak 7 Android Tablet: $200, Nice Specs, Ancient Android Version (again)

Dell’s odd mutant too-big-for-a-phone too-small-for-a-tablet Dell Streak (5-inch display) launched with an ancient Android OS 1.6 and went nowhere. Tomorrow (Feb. 2), it larger sibling, the Dell Streak 7 will be available from T-Mobile at an aggressive price (with a 2-year contract).

Dell Streak 7 Pricing Confirmed by T-Mobile: $199 with 2-year Contract and $50 Rebate

Is the Dell Streak 7 from T-Mobile a contender? It appears to be in some ways:

– 7-inch multi-touch display
– 4G wireless data
– NVIDIA dual-core Tegra 2 processor
– 16GB storage
– Memory card slot
– 5-megapixel rear camera
– 1.3 megapixel front facing camera

That sounds pretty good. But, PCMag.com’s Sascha Segan points out a couple of potential issues.

Dell Streak 7 for T-Mobile: Hands On

– The Streak 7 ships with a relatively old version of Android OS: 2.2 (Froyo). Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) is the current release for phone (currently only available for the Nexus S). Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) is the release that other manufacturers like Motorola is planning to ship with their tablets. Honeycomb was designed specifically for tablets and looks quite different from Android OS 2.x. Sascha also notes that the Streak 7 he tried did not include NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 demo video apps. He wonders if the Streak might remain stuck in the Android OS 2.x world.