That might seem like a lot of money, since the Apple iPad starts at just $499. But bear in mind, the $499 iPad doesn’t have a 3G modem and it can’t make phone calls. At $549, the unsubsidized Dell Streak is actually pretty typical for an unsubsidized smartphone.
It’s just $20 more than Google was asking for an unsubsidized Nexus One phone (until it was all-but-discontinued). But the Dell Streak is also about $50 less than the price of an unsubsidized iPhone 4.
Dell has been running a pre-sales event for the past week, and customers who sign up through today will get first crack at pre-order the tablet. If you’re part of the pre-order group, you also get a coupon that lets you pick up a Bluetooth headset for $0.99.
There’s still no official word on when the tablet will actually start shipping.
The Dell Streak has a 5 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G capabilities, a 5MP camera, and a MicroSD card slot. At launch, the tablet will run a customized version of Google Android 1.6, but Dell promises to make an update available later this year that will allow the Dell Streak to run Android 2.2 Froyo with support for Adobe Flash.
Update: Dell has removed the blog post about the pricing… but I’d be surprised if the final price is all that different from what we were told in the short-lived blog entry.