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May 19, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Spotted in Belltown: Dell Streak mini tablets, in red, on AT&T

A week after Michael Dell let slip that his company’s new Streak mini tablet/smartphone devices will go on sale in June, I spotted a batch of them being tested in Belltown.

Network techs had a bank of the Android-powered gadgets aimed up Second Avenue and connected to a set of laptops during the lunch hour today. They were just around the corner from the now-defunct Brasa restaurant.

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I asked if they were working on network upgrades, but the techs said they were testing the devices’ performance with e-911 services for AT&T.

They told me a little too late that I couldn’t take pictures of the Streaks, which were on clear display on a public sidewalk anyway.

Streaks have been glimpsed here and there, but I hadn’t seen a red one before. The hardware design reminded me a bit of Dell’s latest Studio XPS desktops.

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AT&T hasn’t yet announced the Streaks and a spokeswoman didn’t have an update today.

Here’s a Streak video demo that surfaced last fall:

Comments | Topics: Android, AT&T, Dell

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