Dell's first Android smartphone to reach the US, the Dell Aero, has just hit the virtual shelves. Priced at $99.99 with a new, two-year AT&T agreement, the Dell Aero has a 3.5-inch 640 x 360 touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, triband UMTS/HSPA, WiFi and Bluetooth, and is based on a 624MHz Marvell CPU.
Android's on the rise, that's for sure. There's no doubt that the mobile Operating System from Google is one of the company's shining lights. But, what happens when you have Android on your phone, but none of the features that make it, you know, Android? When the Dell Aero was showcased at CTIA 2010, there wasn't much to show about the User Interface. And now, after seeing it in action, we know why.
Dell's first Android smartphone in the US has been officially confirmed for AT&T, in the shape of the AT&T Dell Aero. Details about the smartphone are in short supply, with AT&T promising more information at this week's CTIA Wireless 2010 event, but the handset is obviously a reworking of Dell's existing Mini 3i. That presumably means a 3.5-inch 640 x 360 touchscreen and 3G connectivity.
However, AT&T have confirmed that they - along with Dell - have worked to reskin the Aero's UI, replacing the standard Android interface. So far we don't know the extent of that customization, since Dell have only released a single image of the Aero, nor when we might be able to pick one up.
Looks like someone inside Dell is just desperate for the company's tablet plans to escape. After one exec confirmed that the Dell Mini 5 (aka Streak 5) was just the first of "a family of tablets", a shot of two new Dell Streak models - one with a seven inch touchscreen, the other ten inches - has landed on Engadget's desk, with the smaller expected to arrive late this year and the latter to make its debut early in 2011.
This morning I got to know Dell very well. I'm not sure how many people work for the company, especially in sales and customer service, but I talked to 15 of their, ahem, lovely employees. I made 10 phone calls. I started the return process at 9:30 AM, and finally finished my journey two hours later. All I wanted to do was return a crappy cell phone.
Dell executives have confirmed that the company is working with Google on putting Chrome OS, the search giant's cloud-centric platform, on future netbooks. Speaking to Reuters, Amit Midha - Dell's president for Greater China and South Asia - said that "with Chrome or Android or anything like that we want to be one of the leaders," though declined to make any official announcements.
It's not just a Windows Phone 7 handset that has come gushing out of Dell's leaky spigot; there's also a healthy gobful of Android devices that have spattered up against Engadget's tipbox too. On the cards are the Dell Looking Glass - a 7-inch Tegra 2 based Android tablet - together with a pair of distinctive smartphones, the Dell Smoke and the Dell Flash, each motoring on Qualcomm's new 800MHz MSM7230 chipset.
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