Intel love whipping out low-power ultramobile devices, since they know that they - like the Dell Inspiron DUO - get all the attention at shows like IDF 2010. On stage today they've had a fair few to play with, too; Aava's smartphone got a brief flaunting, together with a gaming-centric handheld and a few different slates (as well as Neofonie's WeTab).
After the discovery that, beyond a few apparently unconnected wires, the Dell Streak's seemingly proprietary charging/docking port is in fact a PDMI connector, John from Linuxslate took it on himself to mod a suitable miniUSB adapter dongle. It's crafted from an original Dell USB charge/sync cable and, for the housing, the USB cable clip Dell supply.
Having seen LG's QWERTY-slider C900 Windows Phone 7 handset leak late last week, it's now the turn of its touchscreen-only sibling, the LG E900, to show up. Spotted in a YouTube video, the smartphone looks reasonable waifish, if a little underwhelming design-wise.
A Dell Thunder prototype has not just leaked but come bounding out, with the Engadget team getting enough hands-on time with two of the upcoming Android smartphones. Despite the early build of both units - dated April, with the real thing not set to arrive until later this year - they sound pretty solid, with one handset seemingly outfitted for quadband AT&T use and the other suggesting T-Mobile USA support.
Friday the 13th is traditionally an ominous day, but if you've been holding out for Dell's US-version of the Streak Android MID then it's the day you can slap a few hundred dollars on your credit card. Freshly up for sale, the 5-inch smartphone/tablet hybrid is priced at $549.99 SIM-free or $299.99 with a new, two-year AT&T agreement. Meanwhile the Streak accessories are also available, including the $39.99 Car Dock and $69.99 Home AV Dock (complete with HDMI output).
What appears to be ASUS' Windows Phone 7 smartphone has shown up in the wild, caught in Pakistan by Twitter user Shaistajafri. No details on the handset have been given, but like other WP7 prototypes we've seen it has the mandated three hardware buttons on the front panel and a large touchscreen.
Looks like whoever's running Dell's servers needs to drink less coffee. After first announcing that the 5-inch Dell Streak Android tablet would go on sale today - and then telling us that it was a mistake caused by some "site tests" - the company then revealed pricing in a new blog post, only to yank that. Unfortunately, once something is out on the internet it's tough to get it back in, and so we now have a pretty good idea that the Streak will cost $549.99 from Dell themselves, unlocked and contract-free, or $299.99 from AT&T with a new, two-year agreement.
Now that KIN is kaput, all eyes are on Windows Phone 7 and the partners Microsoft has lined up for their heavily updated smartphone OS. The company has confirmed which manufacturers will be initially releasing devices in Q4 2010, telling Pocket-lint that Dell, ASUS, LG, HTC and Samsung would all be pushing out at least one device apiece; more interesting, however, is news from arch ROM-fondler conflipper as to various HTC devices he's pulled from leaked firmware, three of which are believed to run Windows Phone 7.
Those three are the HTC Salsa, HTC Swing and the HTC Tango - all codenames, of course, and likely to launch under different titles if indeed they do reach the market - with both GSM and CDMA versions of the Swing and Salsa indicated.
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.
Since the first rumors many months back, to Michael Dell flashing his prototype in the street and then a few quiet appearances at trade shows, the Dell Streak has taken its time coming to market. Running Android on a broad, eye-catching 5-inch display, there's little like it on the market and it's been an attention-grabber ever since. Yes, the Streak is a device that certainly prompts questions - among geeks and everyday users alike - but the one we set out to answer is simple: is it any good? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.