updated 11:35 am EST, Wed December 22, 2010
Dell Streak gets price cut in US
Dell has quietly instituted a large price cut on the Streak in the US to fuel sales. The unlocked versions have been slashed by $180 to reach $400. Versions of the Android tablet tied to AT&T still have similar prices at $550 and $650 for their respective 16GB and 32GB of storage.
The company didn't explain the reason for the steep drop. Its timing was nonetheless unusual and happened just four months after the US launch and applied only to the devices which didn't have a carrier deal. Dell may be clearing stock in anticipation of its seven-inch Looking Glass tablet, which could displace the Streak.
Historically, companies have usually cut prices sharply on devices when sales are slow and the cost of manufacturing is low enough to avoid taking a loss. Dell has never disclosed its Streak sales figures but is facing stiff competition not just from the iPad but from other Android tablets, particularly the Galaxy Tab. At $580, the Streak was near-identical in price but had a larger, higher resolution screen as well as more storage and faster hardware.