Dell Opus One: The Dual-Core Streak 2

Posted: Nov 11 2010, 1:29pm CST | by , in Rumors | Android

Dell Opus One: The Dual-Core Streak 2
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Will it redeem the Streak, or fail in the same way?

The Dell Streak is an odd device. On a technical level there is nothing overwhelmingly wrong with this 5" tablet/smartphone fence-sitter. Unfortunately, the unfocused nature of its launch and its unclear position in the market hindered it. What is the use of a 5" tablet? What differentiates a big smartphone from a small tablet?

These are questions Dell failed to answer with the Streak. And we aren't likely to see an answer from them before the launch of the Streak's sequel. The Dell Opus One is set to launch in May of 2011. It will also have a 5" display, but with a 1280x800 resolution. The processor is a 1.2 GHz dual-core.

So yeah, that's nice. But not any nicer than slew of dual-core Tegra 2 and Qualcomm superphones that will be launching in 2011.

It would be one thing if the Streak was a sexy, popular smartphone getting a long-awaited re-up. But the Streak didn't exactly break sales records and, more importantly, Dell was terrible at supporting it. Back in September UK carrier O2 actually got so fed up with the company that they bypassed Dell entirely and launched their own OS update for the streak.

See, Dell left their "tablet" languishing with Android 1.6, unforgivably outdated. They promised an update to 2.1, but did not deliver it in any sort of timely fashion. If Dell actually wants to succeed with this family of gadgets, they're going to need to take them seriously. Android 1.6 was clunky and kind of crappy when it launched. There is no excuse for a NEW device to NOT launch with 2.1, especially at the price Dell was asking.

And yet, there's reason to be excited for the Opus One too. The Dell Venue Pro is actually a pretty solid phone. More importantly, it packed all the key high-end smartphone features into a novel form-factor. And soon the Venue Pro will launch with Android.

Assuming the VP represents a shift in Dell smartphone philosophy, the Opus One could end up redeeming the Streak. Or it will launch with Android 2.1 (when 2.3 is the norm) and take sixteen months to see Froyo. We'll know in May!

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