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NEW YORK Aug 10 (Reuters) – Dell Inc (NASDAQ:DELL) will begin selling its new tablet device called the Dell Streak to U.S. customers later this week for $299.99 with a two-year AT&T Inc (NYSE:T) contract, and for $549.99 without, it said on Tuesday.

Dell said it would begin taking orders online on Thursday.

The company is hoping the five-inch tablet, which runs on Google Inc’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system, will help it take on Apple Inc’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad. (Reporting by Ritsuko Ando; Editing by Gary Hill)