It's hard to tell how much anticipation there is out there for Dell's upcoming "Streak" micro-tablet. The No. 3 PC maker's latest foray into a consumer arena that Apple's iPad has essentially helped create is set to hit stores this summer in the United States.
Consumer business unit chief Steve Felice told the Reuters Global Technology Summit that Dell isn't interested in becoming the No. 1 player in the smartphone and tablet mobile devices categories, where Apple and Google are waging a very high-profile war. But the former leader in personal computers fully intends to be a "top-tier player".
"We look at this whole thing as an experience between the computer and the remote device. We still view these as complementary devices," he said.
Like a bunch of other tablet computers in the pipeline -- courtesy of everyone from Hewlett Packard to Acer -- Dell's is getting a fair share of Web attention, but this one is a little different though. At just 5-inches, the gizmo isn't quite a smartphone, yet can't quite call itself a tablet a la Apple's 11-inch product.
It remains to be seen where consumers will actually want a smartphone-tablet size-hybrid. Much of that may depend on price of course, but Felice isn't talking -- yet.