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Dell pulls the plug on the Streak 5 tablet in the U.S.

The 5-inch Streak 5 tablet is officially discontinued for reasons unknown

For those looking at purchasing a new Dell Streak 5 tablet in the United States, you may soon be out of luck. The official Dell product page for their 5-inch tablet now explicitly states that the Streak 5 is no longer available. The unit had been out of stock since late July, but the cease in sales was not expected to be permanent. An exact reason for the discontinuation was not given either, whether it was due to poor sales or some other factor.

The small 5-inch screen could have been too small for tablet use, however, and may have had difficulty distinguishing itself from smartphones. According to Digital Trends, Dell representative Ron Garriques stated a year ago that consumers are not interested in “something in between” with regards to tablets and smartphones. The device is apparently still selling in countries overseas, such as in the UK for the equivalent of $615 (433 Euro).

The Dell Streak 5 launched in mid 2010 with an 800x480 pixel resolution screen, a 1GHz Qualcomm CPU, 512MB RAM and Android 1.6. T-Mobile recently ended sales of the Streak 7 for their network early this month as well. Still, Dell may have a lengthy tablet plan for the near future and could just be gearing up for future releases.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-08-12 (Update: 2012-05-26)