Dell is getting into the smartphone market, and no we aren’t referencing the Streak; they have already made it clear that the Streak is a tablet first, phone second.
Today the third largest PC manufacturer announced the “Aero” Android smartphone available in the U.S.A exclusively from whom other than AT&T. The Aero features a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen (640 x 360 resolution), 624MHz processor, 5MP camera with 8x zoom, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 2GB onboard memory with MicroSD slot, triband 3.6Mbps HSDPA and quadband EDGE and also a built-in GPS that allows for geotagging. The company is also marketing the phone as ‘one of the lightest Android smartphones’ available at 3.67 ounces, which may help to stand out amongst the already overwhelming competition.
One striking issue however, is that the Aero is running Android 1.5 (Cupcake) which was the first official release of the OS back in 2009. Sure you have to get your feet wet to learn how to swim, but maybe Dell just should stay out of the pool.
The Dell Aero is available for $99.99 with new AT&T two-year contract, and $299.99 without.